Subject: Re: XFree86 SVGA Server
To: Ross Harvey <>
From: David Hopper <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 11/19/1999 22:43:04
Whoa.  Quite a thread, that one; thanks for the pointer.  I now=20
consider myself informed.

Starting from ground zero wrt. X as NetBSD-Alpha is, I wonder if it=20
isn't a better tack to try to port the experimental unified=20
framebuffer architecture from Linux  **dodges a pelting hail of rocks=20
and garbage**=20

Unifying the console with X seems like the ultimate statement of=20
elegance in a modern OS...  Remember the NeXT?  Even in console mode=20
the thing was beautiful...

Complexities aside, porting anything from Linux gives me acne. =20
Besides, do it for Alpha, and we have to do it for everybody.


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Original Message <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

On 11/19/99, 8:05:32 PM, Ross Harvey <> wrote regarding Re: =

XFree86 SVGA Server:

> > From: David Hopper <>
> >
> > Please forgive my ignorance of all things platform-independent, but
> > what would it take to implement an SVGA server for NetBSD-Alpha?  If=

> > Xfree86 claims to have Alpha binaries already, to what platform are
> > they referring?  Linux?  FreeBSD?  (the statement in question is in
> > the release notes at
> >
> >
> > Is it a simple recompile?  I know the answer is 'no', or someone wou=
> > have done this three years ago...
> >
> > Dave

> A fine question, and one that was extensively discussed here just a=20
> weeks ago in mid-October. See:


> A couple of people volunteered to work on it, perhaps they could=20
> with more detail???