X.org, distributors, and proprietary modules
Posted Aug 14, 2006 21:16 UTC (Mon) by iabervon
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Well, as you mention, modularization lets you upgrade the server separately from everything else (there can't be dependancies, because everything else could be talking to a server over the network, anyway). So being stuck with the server from 7.0 doesn't mean you can't use the latest versions of everything else or vice versa. I remember one of the specific reasons for modularization being that it took too long for all of the client-side stuff to be simultaneously stable, and so new server versions capable of supporting new drivers were unacceptably delayed; obviously, this works in the opposite direction as well, so a desireable effect is increased local client compatibility with obsolete servers (and therefore obsolete drivers).
(Personally, I've never used a proprietary driver, or even a separately-distributed free driver, even with the (old) nVidia card I have in one of my machines.)
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