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XFree86 4.4.0 released
 
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Terry Teague
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2004 1:35 am    Post subject: XFree86 4.4.0 released Reply with quote

Here are the Mac OS X announcements for the release of XFree86 4.4.0 :

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Subject: Announcement: XFree86 4.4.0 Release
To: x11-users@lists.apple.com
From: "Torrey T. Lyons" <torrey@XFree86.Org>
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2004 12:37:36 -0800XFree86 4.4.0 has been finalized and pre-built binaries are available for Mac OS X 10.2 and 10.3. This release comes almost exactly one year after the 4.3.0 release. While it is difficult for a volunteer group to make firm commitments, the tentative schedule for the 4.5.0 release is August 2004.

Source code and pre-built binaries can be downloaded from ftp://ftp.xfree86.org/pub/XFree86/4.4.0/. The 4.4.0 documentation can be read on line at http://www.xfree86.org/4.4.0/. Mac OS X 10.2.x users should download the Darwin-ppc-6.x binaries while Panther users should download Darwin-ppc-7.x. Mac OS X 10.1.x binaries are planned, but not available at this time. GUI installers are being prepared and will be posted at the http://sourceforge.net/projects/xonx/.

Following is a summary of new features and bug fixes since XFree86 4.3.0. A summary of differences between XFree86 4.4.0 and Apple's X11 1.0 will follow in a subsequent email.

New Features:

1. The Quartz backends are now loaded dynamically at runtime. Currently three backends are supported: Fullscreen, Rootless Cocoa, and Rootless Xplugin. Rootless Xplugin uses libXplugin where available and gives identical performance to Apple's X11. When libXplugin is not available (on Jaguar when the X11 beta has not been installed) Rootless Cocoa will be used instead.

2. With Xplugin, GLX supports accelerated direct rendering.

3. XDarwin is fully compatible with quartz-wm.

4. IPv6 is supported.

5. XDarwin's memory footprint is significantly smaller.

6. The X server starts more quickly.

7. On Panther, X_LOCALE is no longer set but libX11 will support applications built with X_LOCALE for backwards compatibility.

8. IOKit mode with the Darwin console uses shadowfb and is much faster.

Bug Fixes:

1. XDarwin fully supports Panther.

2. Full screen crash in some screen resolutions has been fixed.

3. You can type in the Preference window when it is in the foreground.

4. The Freetype library is backwards compatible with earlier versions. (This broke XFree86 4.3.0.)

Enjoy,
Torrey

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Subject: XFree86 4.4.0 - Apple's X11 1.0
To: x11-users@lists.apple.com
From: "Torrey T. Lyons" <torrey@XFree86.Org>
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2004 12:42:40 -0800One of the main goals for XFree86 4.4.0 was to reach feature parity with Apple's X11. Thus, XFree86 4.4.0 and Apple's X11 1.0 are very similar in many ways. Depending on your particular needs, you may find one has a compelling feature that the other does not offer. XFree86 4.4.0 provides identical performance to Apple's X11 on Panther and is fully compatible with quartz-wm. In addition this release fixes several bugs present in Apple's X11.

BUG FIXES:

1. Threaded direct GLX works correctly.

2. The X11 GL library does not export all the GLU symbols.

3. All scripts and man pages do not begin with "#pragma" line. This bug causes various problems including scripts not working for users with tcsh as their shell and manpage formatting being broken.

4. The Freetype library is fully backwards compatible with earlier versions. (This was a bug in XFree86 4.3.0, which Apple's X11 inherited.)

FEATURE DIFFERENCES:

1. XFree86 supports IPv6.

2. There is no "pseudo-fullscreen" mode. XFree86's fullscreen mode has a real root window which works with xmag and twm, but you can't dynamically switch between fullscreen and rootless modes.

3. XFree86 does not track Aqua keyboard layout changes while it is running. XFree86 reads the Aqua keyboard layout at startup time. While running, the X11 keymap should be changed with xmodmap.

4. XFree86 is supported back to Mac OS X 10.1.

5. XFree86 only interprets Command key shortcuts if the cursor is in the menubar.

6. XFree86 does not support changing the screen layout or color depth while it is running.

7. XFree86 has no "Applications" menu for launching frequently used X11 clients.

8. Hiding the XFree86 application works when using any window manager. (Apple's X11 only supports hiding with quartz-wm.)

9. XFree86 supports cut-and-paste between Aqua and X11 windows when quartz-wm is not running. If quartz-wm is running, XFree86 will let quartz-wm handle cut-and-paste as it generally does a better job.

10. XFree86 allows arbitrary modifier keys to be used in emulating a multi-button mouse. These can be specified from the Preferences UI.

11. XFree86 does not set X_LOCALE on Panther.

--Torrey
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