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Old 03-05-2005, 01:48 AM   #1
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what are the differences between the two ? are there any others ?
Old 03-05-2005, 02:07 AM   #2
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xorg started of as a fork of xfree86 due to changes in licensing issues and disagreement about the development model (apparently xfree86 wasn't open enough for some developers and they were slow at accepting patches and implementing new features). Most distros don't use xfree86 now and xorg now has quite a few features that were not implemented in xfree86. There are other x servers, just search on google, some of them are even commercial and not opensource.
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It's not much, more like license issues (as always )
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AFAICT, the real issue now is that most distros have signed on to xorg, and that is going to push XF86 into the background. To retain compatibility with distros going forward means changing to xorg now.
Old 03-05-2005, 05:20 AM   #5
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I see, could you mention a few of the non-commercial other than these two X servers ?

and how does DirectFB fit into the picture ?
I have read the site so many times and still haven't figured what directFB is all about, maybe you could clarify this a little ?

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Old 03-05-2005, 11:58 AM   #6
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I'm switching to Xorg because of superior interoperability with NVidia drivers (upgrading from ATI Radeons to Nvidia FX5600 due to piss-poor Catalyst driver support from ATI), and for composite support. Also, the licensing for Xorg is more attractive than Xfree86 licensing (it isn't clear that won't demand a fee after the fact based on their current license wording)


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