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    XOrg?

    What the heck is Xorg? and why is everyone talking about it? Should I be using it?
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    Xorg is a project that separated from the XFree project when XFree changed their licence to non-GLP. Immidiately after the break up most major distros took sides with Xorg and it is widely believed to develop to be better or at least more popular than XFree. It should be totally compatible with everything XFree is compatible with tho I have heard of some minor issues with things like TwinView and such.

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    And XOrg is developing 100000000000000000000000000 times (estimate) faster than XFree86 had been recently. WE ARE FINALLY GETTING REAL-TIME TRANSPARENCY!!!!!!(alpha-blending) so no more of this pseudo-shadows or pseudo-transparency BS

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    Thanks guys
    I think I might download it sometime
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZennouRyuu
    And XOrg is developing 100000000000000000000000000 times (estimate) faster than XFree86 had been recently. WE ARE FINALLY GETTING REAL-TIME TRANSPARENCY!!!!!!(alpha-blending) so no more of this pseudo-shadows or pseudo-transparency BS
    got a link? or is this something you've just heard on forums and IRC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beezlebubsbum
    Thanks guys
    I think I might download it sometime

    Its now default in slackware.... (so go download slackware 10)

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    Cool! In the Nvidia drivers installation manual, it talks about how it will soon become the default. I suppose that's what XFree86 gets for releasing it as a non-GPL product!
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    Quote Originally Posted by beezlebubsbum
    Cool! In the Nvidia drivers installation manual, it talks about how it will soon become the default. I suppose that's what XFree86 gets for releasing it as a non-GPL product!
    XFree has always been non-GPL, and I believe X.org is as well, it's just the new "advertising" clause is incompat with the GPL

    IMHO XFree got screwed. (and hey... i'm the local Free Software Nazi ;p)

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    Question, why did XFree change their license? It seems to have gotten a rather frosty reception fron the Linux "market", where else is XFree used extensively enough to warrant a license change?
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    maccorin, I think there was a little more to the story. If I remember correctly the whole thing arose from XFree kicking out one of its main developers for being too outspoken about the project's problems. One of the big-deal issues was the fact that XFree's board had at least a couple of guys who had nothing to do with the technical side of the project and who continually undermined any chances to reform it or make development faster (one of them, I am no making this up, is a Windows-using guy who works for AOL and thinks the whole X-server idea is stupid anyway.) The guy they kicked out said "screw this" and started X.org.

    The current line of thought in most Linux circles is that this is open source software doing what it's supposed to do; the XFree project lost focus and a new project, using the same code base, kept going with it.

    I'd look up some links (slashdot had a *lot* of articles and discussions about it) but I got 3 hours of sleep last night so I'll leave it at my blurry recollections instead... :|

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