Subject: Re: tga graphic cards
To: der Mouse <mouse@Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
From: Todd Vierling <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 10/19/1999 10:23:43
On Tue, 19 Oct 1999, der Mouse wrote:

: I've never understood why NetBSD persists in trying to use XFree86 on
: non-x86 machines.

XF86 does give quite a bit of a head start when using chipsets already in
heavy use on x86 platforms; we would otherwise have to roll the code from
scratch or severely hack the existing code.  We aren't the only platform
that uses "XFree86" source on non-x86 platforms; XFree86 is far from
x86-only these days.

On a contrary note, XFree86 is, essentially, Open Group's X on truly
non-x86-style hardware.  (See Xsun.)

-- Todd Vierling (