why was XFree86 dropped for ports?

Mark Linimon linimon at lonesome.com
Tue Mar 31 15:22:08 PDT 2009

On Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 01:13:46PM -0400, Chuck Robey wrote:
> I need to understand why all support for XFree86 has been removed from
> our ports.

Because no one volunteered to do the work to support it.

At any given time there are at least a couple of dozen X11-related PRs
outstanding, and more questions posted to various mailing lists.  A lot
of them are of the form "I can't get X version foo to work with my XYZ
card."  Without anyone willing to work on such things, there was no
reason to keep doing the extra work to support the parallel set of
infrastructure.  (Removing the code to be able to pick one or the other
greatly simplified bsd.*.mk, for instance.)

It's simply a question of how many hours of work people want to put in,
much like any other FreeBSD ports.


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