Subject: Re: 256 Color X-Windows, Shag-a-delic Bay-Bee
To: Ken Nakata <email@example.com>
From: Allen Briggs <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 05/22/2000 13:01:20
> > I am running the color X server on my Quadra 605 with the KDE desktop.
> > Everything works great, only the colors are all whacked out. Austin
> > might like it, but it's a little hard on my eyes. Grey scale looks
> > fine, but it defeats the purpose. Is there any way to get correct color
> > maps with only 256 colors with NetBSD?
> In one word: No.
> Well, the answer to your question is technically "yes", but the server
> is not coded to do that.
To expand on this a little more, Michael Zucca has been working on the
code to provide a common interface for userland programs (like the X
server) to manipulate video hardware.
Once that's at least partly in place, someone could update the X server
to use that interface. The unaccelerated machine-dependant X server code
for this is pretty easy... We just have to plug in a few hooks--the
standard cfb 8-bit support is plenty for us.