On 31 Aug 1998, SL Baur wrote:
[Dirk, in response to a previous unanswered question, we're
fast as we can. XEmacs 21.0 is almost ready for release but not quite
and we're hopeful to get it out soon. When will XFree86-4.0 be out? :-)]
XFree86-4.0 is at least another 4 months away. We have the first drivers
using the new design, but there's a lot of work left to do...
Rick Campbell <campbell(a)cyberpass.net> writes in
> From: SL Baur <steve(a)xemacs.org>
> Date: 30 Aug 1998 15:38:50 -0700
> Karl M Hegbloom <karlheg(a)inetarena.com> writes in
>> Since X won't be free anymore,
> . . .
> XFree86 is committed to keeping a free version of X11.
> . . .
>  http://sunsite.doc.ic.ac.uk/XFree86/news/pr-980407.html
> I didn't see anything at this URL that explicitly stated that they are
> now supporting platforms other than Intel *86, although it's suggested
> implicitly as the X11R6.3 SI supports other platforms.
> Have your contacts with them included any explicit discussion of other
I corresponded with Dirk Hohndel who was courteous and helpful and to
whom this message is cc'ed. I did not ask about OS variants because
that wasn't the issue at the time.
I reiterate my previous statement -- the XFree86 folks are the Good
Guys. They deserve our support. Just because past releases of theirs
has concentrated on free OS'es, doesn't mean their distribution is any
less portable than (what used to be) the base X11. Have you tried
building XFree86 on your target system? I've built and installed both
`vanilla' X11R4 and X11R5 on Suns and HPs and XFree86 installation
from source sure looks the same to me today.
XFree86 is known to build on the majority of the Unix platforms. This
includes Solaris, SCO, Unixware, LynxOS, several versions of SVR3 and
SVR4, and the usual suspects like Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, BSDi
and even OS/2. Portability is a major concern for us and we will follow up
all compatibility issues that are brought to our attention...
From the hardware platform point of view, we support x86, AXP, SPARC,
m68k; I am not sure if the StrongARM patches have been folded back, yet,
but I think so.
BTW: the platforms above are the ones that are supported in XFree86. We
try to be careful not to brake the other platforms in the sample
implementation, but last time I checked those weren't all that useful
anymore, since they don't support current hardware...