xorg and xfree86

Vulpes Velox v.velox at vvelox.net
Thu Jan 6 15:42:08 PST 2005

On Thu, 06 Jan 2005 10:54:13 -0500
Duane Winner <duanewinner at att.net> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I was wondering if anybody could provide me with a brief explanation
> of why FreeBSD has made Xorg the default X11 implementation over
> XFree86.
> It doesn't really matter to me, I've tried it, it seems to work
> fine, and almost exactly the same.
> The only problem I've run into so far is is that my old XF86Config
> file with the refresh rates for my external monitor connected to my
> laptop didn't quite take (kept going to 800x600). After some minor
> fiddling, I managed to get it working (I still need to do it again a
> few times so I make sure I understand fully what I'm doing).
> I've read a bunch of docs, but can't seem to find an answer on why 
> FreeBSD has moved to Xorg. Is it just a political/licensing issue?
> Like I said, it's not a big deal, but I manage the internal 'Howto'
> document for our organization, and since we're in the process of
> moving from 5.2.1 to 5.3, it would be nice to have a little mention
> of why we're going to Xorg after my entire section for installing X
> is going to change from Xfree86 instructions.

Xorg beat XFree86 out in regards of features in the newest release.

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