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Old 02-12-2004, 10:18 AM   #1
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To compile X from source or not?


I'm trying to decide if it's worth it to compile Xfree86-4 from source or not.

I'm running a Debian system as a desktop workstation, and will be using X constantly so I'd really like to have the optimizations for my P4.

The problem is dependancies - I'm not sure what packages I need to build X, nor how to convince Debian (and apt) that I have an X server installed once I build it.

Has anyone self-compiled XFree86-4 for a P4, and if so have you noticed a significant speed increase? Or would I be adding a lot of hassle for little gain?

Any help with the dependancy issues is greatly appreciated, but mainly I'm after speed and benchmark opinions between stock and optimized X - that's why this is in Software and not Debian.

Old 02-12-2004, 11:26 AM   #2
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About dependency and optimizations:
And yes, I have compiled my own X server but for an AMD. It 's a bit faster... but you have also to think about your window manager
Old 02-12-2004, 03:23 PM   #3
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I've compiled X and to tell you the truth the difference in speed between precompiled and source is not very noticable at all, in my opinion. I don't have any benchmarks though. Also, compiling gnome or kde from is just plain hell.


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