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Old 08-29-2005, 11:13 PM   #1
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xorg or xfree86 ????


Could someone tell me does it matter which version of x I use? I have just installed Slackware 10.1 which came with x11-6.8.1 but a lot of things I read on this site refer to various versions of xfree86.

What is the difference? Am I limiting myself by using one or the other?

Also, I just noticed that there is a newer version of xorg, x11R6.8.2, is it a good idea to upgrade?

Thanks!
 
Old 08-29-2005, 11:47 PM   #2
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Does it matter? Not really, but with that being said -----

Most folks are very much into Xorg. Most of the rapid cycle distros have switched over to it by default. Debian still does XFree86, but you can tell it to install xorg. Not sure about what Slack defaults to, probably XFree since I don't think they have had a release since xorg branched off from XFree. Either are fine in a general sense, and it seems that most if not all distros will default to Xorg in the near future, but as with all things linux, you can install either if you choose to.

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Old 08-30-2005, 07:04 AM   #3
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Re: xorg or xfree86 ????

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Originally posted by adds2one
Could someone tell me does it matter which version of x I use? I have just installed Slackware 10.1 which came with x11-6.8.1 but a lot of things I read on this site refer to various versions of xfree86.

What is the difference? Am I limiting myself by using one or the other?

Also, I just noticed that there is a newer version of xorg, x11R6.8.2, is it a good idea to upgrade?

Thanks!
Your current version is probably OK for the moment which is lucky because installing a new version of X is a big job (probably best to just wait until the Slackware packages are updated).
As for limiting yourself by only using one, no you aren't going to be limited yet as they aren't that different at the moment -- all the drivers will work in either as far as I know (xorg came from the XFree86 code).
 
Old 08-31-2005, 03:27 PM   #4
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Slackware uses Xorg and has done so for a while.
 
  


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