On Aug 18, 2004, at 9:28 PM, 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?

On a new machine with 5.2.1 I decided to use X.org rather than XFree86. Built everything from source as I was also interested in abusing this machine a bit for confidence that it would be reliable.

Creation of an XF86Config has always been one of my biggest nightmares. Its way more than I care to do by hand. The automatic tools rarely get me closer than 90%. Its always something such as, "Why is it in 8 bit mode?"

Used xorgconfig, which is obviously based on XF86Config, and was easily able to configure for a single resolution with 8, 16, and 24 bit depths, and selected 16 as the default. I don't remember why this was always so hard with XF86Config.

I still had to hand insert DPMS and wheel mouse parameters, but for the most part I understand those. :-)

Installed KDE after X.org. For the most part the fonts look better than the supposedly same KDE under XF86 on another machine. Only the font used for articles http://ezine.daemonnews.org/ look worse.

Was a bit concerned whether the 8MB ATA Rage XL PCI video would be satisfactory. The stock video on Dell 400SC. Haven't tried to play a DVD on it, but otherwise its just fine.

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