Eric Crist wrote:
I've seen a lot of posts over the past couple months regarding installation of X.org. I was wondering, is it that much better than XFree86 that it's worth the hassle? If so, what are those advantages?
first up "worth the hassle"
1.) on a new install, (5.x, i don't run any 4.x systems anymore), there is no hassle. At least, no more than on XFree86.
2.) updating to x.org on a previous XFree86 isn't all that difficult, *if* all the instructions in ports/UPDATING are followed to the letter. Also, remember that it is a major upgrade to the system, and a lot of libraries, so occasionally, linked applications can fail. A simple rebuild fixes this. (note: "usually". We should all recognise what this one means)
second up "advantages"
1.) primarly, it's lisence is a bit more friendly to bsd, particularly redistributing. I'm not an expert, lots of people are, if your interested in this, hit up google.
2.) it's an update of the x system (as of now anyway, XFree86 has a new version too, which AFAIK, hasn't made it to ports yet. i may be wrong here). I can't speak as to all the benefits, but i know for me at least, it fixed an AGP device issue i had nicely.
the bottom line is, YMMV. but, x.org is now the default in 5.x, so i suppose the "more" unofficial support method is to go with the default...
hope this helps.
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