Subject: Re: configure tga for X
To: Ihsan Dogan <>
From: Michael Kukat <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 12/28/2004 06:19:31
Hi !

On Mon, 27 Dec 2004, Ihsan Dogan wrote:
> I did a full installation, but xserver.tgz wasn't installed.
> Weird.

Hm, yes, i had something in mind that i had a similar problem somewhere. I
don't know on what platform there was even missing the X server in xserver.tgz.
Maybe some 2.0RC, maybe 1.6 on a very different platform.

> The graphics output is somehow a little bit slow. Is this normal?

It depends on what you want to do with this box. As a server console, this is
enough. To read mails, you also go fine here. To play KDE, you may want to use
some more modern PeeCee adapter, but for this, you need XFree86 to get it
working, and a lot of fiddling. Not every card works then. I have running such
a setup here with an ELSA Gloriy Synergy and 2 8bit TGAs in one machine. To get
this working with TFT screens, i had to patch the drivers a bit. But XFree86
also seems to bring a bit more acceleration, at least the tga feels a bit
crispier there. But nevertheless, the way XFree86 handles everything (direct
hardware access from userland) is a bit evil, so if you don't need too much
performance and/or PC card compatibility, you go better with the in-kernel


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