CFT for cairo 1.12 and 8.x survey

Randy Pratt bsd-unix at
Tue Jan 7 00:38:04 UTC 2014

On Mon, 06 Jan 2014 17:28:58 +0100
Koop Mast <kwm at> wrote:

> Greetings!
> This is a weird call for testers.
> First off before the real CFT. We are interested if people are still 
> using 8.x for there desktop. Is there a specific reason for not updating 
> to 9.x or 10.x?
> So in our quest for push Xorg on FreeBSD further, we are looking for 
> people to test cairo 1.12 primarily with the old Xorg stack. We know 
> that the graphics with the 2.7.1 intel driver are horribly broken (lots 
> of artifacts) so people don't need to test that, but what is the state 
> of the other xorg video drivers with cairo 1.12? If problems arise after 
> the update, a screenshot and details about installed ports and your 
> hardware should be enough. But if your using the intel driver with old 
> xorg please chime in too, this will give us a beter idea about the user 
> base.

I'm using 8.4-STABLE on a box which has the on-board intel graphics
and uses the xorg-7.7 / xf86-video-intel-2.7.1_6 driver.  It seems to
work reasonably for a fluxbox desktop although I do see occasional
artifacts.  I never expect much from on-board video.

The information at might be helpful
since it shows quite a few 8.x users.  I was a little surprised that
the intel driver usage was among the higher numbers (512) for drivers
being reported ( ).

I'm dragging my feet on updating to 10.x because of the large block of
time needed to rebuild everything or to do a new install.  There's
still some time left before EOL of 8.x ( June 30, 2015 ) so I suspect
that there will be others that are slow to update.  It was only the EOL
of 6.x that pushed me to 8.x.  I tend to live on the trailing-edge ;-)


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