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As far as I know BSD's are using xfree, not xorg. Others that have a problem with that can
also just use xfree86.
Posted Feb 9, 2008 11:03 UTC (Sat) by khim (subscriber, #9252)
As of May 19th 2007, X.org 7.2 has been merged into the FreeBSD Ports Tree. Read /usr/ports/UPDATING for upgrade instructions., The XFree86 implementation is the default on NetBSD but X.Org from pkgsrc can be used alternatively, etc. BSD's either switched to X.org as default or support it as alternative - and in most cases it's only matter of legacy hardware support.
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Posted Feb 9, 2008 12:30 UTC (Sat) by ernest (subscriber, #2355)
Hmmm. I doubted that, so I did a quick google search.
If i combine bsd and x.org I get much more recent page, some of them with content indicating
x.org is being used.
When combining bsd and xfree86 I get many more hits, but most of them from the xfree86 web
site, and also usually older hits.
- when searching the openbsd web site faqs, x.org is mentioned in many places. not so xfree
- on the apple web site is said that X on OSX is x.org based
- from the freebsd wiki we can see that x.org is the default since about a year (but xfree is
- Similarely netbsd build system explains about x.org, but mentions that xfree can also be
From all that I gather xfree usage is being dropped from the bsd community in favor of x.org.
Posted Feb 9, 2008 16:35 UTC (Sat) by rsidd (subscriber, #2582)
FreeBSD and OpenBSD switched to Xorg very early (in fact OpenBSD switched before most linux
distros did, and Theo de Raadt was one of the earliest and most vocal condemners of the
XFree86 licence change that prompted the Xorg fork). For technical reasons (relating to their
build system) NetBSD stuck with XFree86 in their base system, but have xorg in their package
system (pkgsrc) and will be removing XFree86 soon.
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