Share your knowledge at the LQ Wiki.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 01-29-2005, 11:07 AM   #1
Registered: Jan 2005
Location: USA
Distribution: Slackware 10.2 & 11.0
Posts: 155

Rep: Reputation: 30
xfree86 version?

How can I tell what xfree86 version im running? I need to know because im trying to install the ati linux driver. Can someone please tell me what I need to type in from cmd line to find my xfree86 version??
One other question, has anyone been able to get the ati linux driver to run well? I've heard its not very good and that nVIDIA's driver is allot easier to install... any comments on this?
im pretty sure this doesn't matter, but im running SuSE 9.1 pro

Last edited by dx0r515t; 01-29-2005 at 11:13 AM.
Old 01-29-2005, 11:32 AM   #2
Registered: Jan 2005
Distribution: Gentoo
Posts: 111

Rep: Reputation: 16
The easiest way to tell what version of X you're running is to "head" the log file:
# head /var/log/Xorg.0.log
if you're using or if you're using XFree86:
# head /var/log/XFree86.0.log
Here's a short explanation of the differences between Xorg and XFree86 posted a few years ago if you're interested:
Difference in Xorg & XFree86

As far as the ATI driver stuff, I don't have much experience (as I use NVIDIA). But NVIDIA definately has better Linux support than ATI. Here's a quote from a recent article in
"In the case of NVIDIA, for example, its Linux driver developers are among about 400 of the company's total software engineers. They are busy in their development labs programming in C and C++, and working in conjunction with the QA department group that tests the drivers...Meanwhile, for ATi, Linux remains largely a minority segment."
-- Graphics Card Drivers Can Make The Difference
If you need help with installing the drivers, maybe you could be more specific as to what's wrong.

-- the dudeman

PS Here's the beginning of the article, if you're interested.
Does Linux Have Game?

Last edited by linuxLuser; 01-29-2005 at 11:47 AM.
Old 01-29-2005, 11:39 AM   #3
Registered: Jan 2005
Location: USA
Distribution: Slackware 10.2 & 11.0
Posts: 155

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 30
thanks for the reply linuxLuser, and as it turns out im running xfree86 (4.4.0 RC 2)

Last edited by dx0r515t; 01-29-2005 at 11:42 AM.
Old 01-29-2005, 12:04 PM   #4
Senior Member
Registered: Dec 2004
Location: Helsinki
Distribution: Debian Sid
Posts: 1,107

Rep: Reputation: 54
This is a bit worthless since you have the answer but you can also do: XFree86 -version


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
XFree86 Version ??? Morpheus Linux - Software 6 01-24-2005 01:09 AM
XFree86 version jcoool98 Linux - Software 1 10-06-2004 12:53 AM
XFree86 version orange400 Linux - Software 2 08-10-2004 04:33 AM
which version of xFree86 I have? oasisbhrnw99 Linux - Newbie 5 05-06-2004 03:42 AM
How can I tell the version of XFree86 I have? sharpie Linux - Newbie 8 01-25-2004 12:14 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:24 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration