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Re: To use native (XFree) or modular X11 on OS X 10.4 (Tiger)

On 17 December 2010 22:05, David Brownlee <> wrote:
> I've been testing bulding gimp (as a reasonable gtk2 test case) on OS
> X 10.4 powerpc using both native and modular X11.
> They both seem to work fine, and in each case on my G3 the gimp binary
> starts in around 39 seconds and seems functional (interestingly for
> reference the builds start in around 45 seconds on the same
> box).
> Both the pkgsrc binaries have a standard X look, while the
> binaries have the Apple menus & fonts.
> The modular X11 binaries give an 'XRANDR' not supported warning, while
> some of the gimp plugins give a different (and possibly more
> significant) warning when loading with native.
> Even though I've made a few small pkgsrc tweaks to make everything
> happy with native XFree86 again I'm undecided as to which should be
> the default.
> There does not appear to be any performance advantage to using native
> X11 (though that might be different on particularly low memory
> machines), and apps
> linked against the modular X11 from pkgsrc potentially gain from more
> feature rich and bugfixed libraries.
> I'm tending towards making modular the default. What do people think?
> Note - I am only talking about OS X Tiger - not Leopard or anything
> else later. (technically this would include Panther and earlier as
> well, but since we don't seem to have anyone interested in maintaining
> pkgsrc support for them thats larger irrelevant :)

Following up on this - default switched to modular for OS X 10.4 and earlier

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