Subject: Re: Reduced colour xdm images
To: NetBSD X11 <>
From: Holger Weiss <>
List: tech-x11
Date: 06/22/2005 17:57:07
* Perry E. Metzger <> [2005-06-22 09:43]:
> Julian Coleman <> writes:
> > I was trying to work out why I couldn't get xdm to work on an 8-bit colour
> > display (Sun cgsix) and I came across PR xsrc/30451.  The current images
> > have a large number of colours because of the anti-aliasing (the b/w image
> > isn't actually).  How about reducing the number of colours?  I've created
> > a colour (transparent background) logo and a black/white logo and put them
> > at:
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > I suggest replacing the logos in xsrc/xfree/xc/programs/xdm/config/ with
> > the above images.  Any comments?
> Adding 8 bit images for the benefit of people using those displays
> might be good, but on no account should the current images be replaced
> or removed.
> Why?
> No modern display is so lame as to only allow 256 colors. I understand
> the desire to make things work in a retrocomputing context, and adding
> an 8 bit image is fine, but forcing the majority to get a worse
> looking image for the benefit of people doing retrocomputing is
> wrong. It is fine to require that the retrocomputing crowd do extra
> work to make things look good.

It's not about making things look good, it's about NetBSDs XDM crashing
by default on 8 bit displays.  You'd leave it to the user to find out
the reason for this rather than reducing the number of colors used for
the logo?  However, if you're suggesting to automagically use different
XDM logos for 8 bit and >8 bit displays, I wouldn't mind (though I doubt
that 256 colors are really needed to make the image look good on XDM).


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