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Subject: X on Intel-based Unix Frequently Asked Questions [FAQ]

This article was archived around: Wed, 9 Apr 2003 15:33:12 +0000 (UTC)

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Archive-name: x-faq/Intel-Unix-X-faq Last-modified: Jan 7, 2002 Posting-Frequency: monthly URL: http://www.fywss.com/stuff/Intel-Unix-X-faq URL2: http://www.ecf.toronto.edu/~steve/misc/Intel-Unix-X-faq
This article includes answers to: What free options are there for X software on Intel-based Unix? What commercial options are there for X software on Intel-based Unix? What other sources of information are there? Introduction ============ This FAQ covers general questions about X on Intel-based Unix, but not topics that are already in other FAQs such as the general X FAQ that is regularly posted by David B. Lewis <faq%craft@uunet.uu.net> or the XFree86 FAQ, etc. The latest version of this article is available from http://www.fywss.com/stuff/Intel-Unix-X-faq If you have anything to add or change on this FAQ just let me know. Please do not ask me questions that are not answered in this FAQ. I don't have time to respond to these individually. Instead, post your question to the net, and send me the question and answer together when you get it. Frequently Asked Questions About X on Intel-based Unix (with answers) ===================================================================== Subject: What free options are there for X software on Intel-based Unix? The most popular option is XFree86, which is an enhanced version of X386. X386 is the port of the X11 server to System V/386 that was done by Thomas Roell <roell@xig.com>. XFree86 is a freeware project which has its roots in Thomas Roell's X386 work. It is a port of X11R6 that supports several versions of Intel- based Unix and Unix-like operating systems. This release consists of new features and performance improvements as well as many bug fixes. The release is available as source patches against the X Consortium X11R6 code, as well as binary distributions for many architectures. XFree86 is available from ftp://ftp.xfree86.org/pub/XFree86 and the mirror sites that are listed there. More detailed information and the XFree86 FAQ are on their web site, url http://www.xfree86.org Several other options are available for people running NeXTSTEP on i486 and Pentium hardware. Information on mouseX, Cub'X and Co-Xist is available via anonymous ftp from cs.orst.edu in /pub/next/XNeXT. Subject: What commercial options are there for X software on Intel-based Unix? 1) Metro Link 4711 North Powerline Road Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 (305) 938-0283 Fax: (305) 938-1982 email: sales@metrolink.com http://www.metrolink.com/ Summary: OS: AT&T System V 3.2, Interactive, Linux, LynxOS, QNX, SCO ODT, SCO UNIX, Solaris x86, System V 4.0, System V 4.2, UnixWare 1.1/2.0, Venix HW: Many graphics cards including those based on: VGA, 8514, S3, ATI Mach 8/32/64, ET3000, ET4000, Matrox MGA, Cirrus Logic, Western Digital including boards from: ATI, Diamond, Matrox, Number Nine, Orchid, Pixelworks, Trident. Other: Motif, XIE Imaging Extension, Xv Video Extension, Audio Drivers, Multi Media Tools 2) Xi Graphics 1801 Broadway, Suite 1710 Denver, CO 80202 +1.303.298.7478, 800.XINSIDE [800.946.7433] Fax: +1.303.298.1406 email: sales@xig.com Email: info@xig.com Web: http://www.xig.com/ Anon-FTP: ftp.xig.com Mail lists: majordomo@xig.com Summary: OS: BSDI, FreeBSD, INTERACTIVE, Linux, OpenServer, Solaris, UnixWare HW: Over 450 graphics boards from over 50 vendors, almost any monitor up to 1920x1440. Other: Included extensions: MIT-SCREEN-SAVER, MIT-SHM, Double-Buffering, SHAPE, XIdle, XsightExtension, PEX-3D, SYNC, XTEST, RECORD, concurrent 24bpp & 8bpp support (overlays), hardware gamma color correction. Optional Enhancements: OpenGL, Motif 2.0, CDE, Multihead, Mobile Computer Support.. The Xi Graphics Accelerated-X products support 2D and OpenGL 3D graphics. It supports a great variety of consumer and also high-end 3D accelerators. The Laptop Server supports "hot key" switching between internal and external displays (internal, external or both). See web site for the most current list of supported boards and a free downloadable compatability demo of the server. The Xi Graphics Server, known as 'AcceleratedX', is bundled with Delix Pro. 3) The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc. p.o. box 1900 Santa Cruz, California 95061 (408) 425 7222, (800) SCO UNIX, FAX: (408) 458 4227 email: info@sco.com Summary: OS: ODT 1.1, ODT 2.0, ODT 3.0 HW: X11R5 server support for SVGA, 8514/A, S3, TMS340x0, GD5426, P9000, ET4000/W32, Mach32, WD90C33, 86C801, 86C805, 86C928, WD90C31, XGA2, QVision, misc. localbus video systems (see Hardware Compatibility Handbook for actual card vendors). Other: Motif 4) Answer Software & Consulting p.o. box 14171 Columbus, Ohio 43214 614-263-XLAB email: sales@x4coher.com Summary: OS: Coherent 4.0.1r72 or greater HW: works with any VESA compliant video 5) OpenWindows (shipped as part of the Solaris for x86 OS) SunSoft Inc. 901 San Antonio Road Palo Alto, CA. 94303-4900 Phone: 650-960-3200 Summary: OS: Solaris for x86, SunSoft's version of SVR4 HW: ATI, Cirrus, S3, 8514, VGA, XGA, Matrox, Weitek, etc. Complete list of supported cards available by mailing x86hcl@sun.com. Other: X11R5 clients, XView, OLIT, DeskSet, Adobe Display PostScript, XGL (3D Graphics), XIL (Imaging) 6) Mark Williams Company Mark Williams Company went out of business about Feb 2 1995. Check comp.os.coherent for details and flamewars. NOTE: Other commercial vendors (including OS vendors describing bundled software) are welcome to submit summary information such as the above. Subject: What other sources of information are there? There is a Usenet news group comp.windows.x.i386unix that contains mostly discussions about XFree86 and related topics. Many questions can be answered there. For information on X packages for DOS systems, consult the (PC)NFS FAQ available from seagull.rtd.com:/pub/tcpip/pcnfs.FAQ.v1.2.Z More general X information can be found elsewhere in the comp.windows.x hierarchy, and the FAQs that are posted regularly there. -- Steve Kotsopoulos steve@fywss.com