Distribs switched to xorg (gentoo)
Posted Jun 29, 2004 7:50 UTC (Tue) by Duncan
In reply to: A look at Slackware 10.0
Parent article: A look at Slackware 10.0
I'm using Gentoo for AMD64 as well, and yes, it defaults to xorg.
However, the first /release/ based on it will be 2004.2, which will come
out shortly. (Gentoo's release system is 0-based quarterly, so 2004.2
comes out in the third quarter of 2004.)
Of course, once Gentoo is actually installed, the liveCD release snapshot
versions mean little, as the distribution is designed and intended to be
upgraded more or less constantly, rather than in version fits and starts,
as with most other distribs, so /release/ /snapshots/ doesn't mean much
other than it's what the installer of a specific stage/liveCD release
installs by default, based on the snapshot of the distribution for that
arch when it was taken, if the user chooses to install it.
Also, AMD64 was the first Gentoo arch to default to xorg, with Sparc and
some of the other minor archs following fairly quickly. x86-32, however,
hasn't yet switched, and probably won't until after 2004.2, so for the
2004.3 quarterly snapshot release. The reason is because the standard
font dir location changes, and they don't want to go stable with xorg, and
catch people unaware. However, there's little additional work going into
X(un)Free86 in Gentoo, and pretty much everyone not sticking to strictly
stable on x86-32 has already migrated or is in the process of doing so,
AFAIK from the user and devel lists.
BTW & FWIW, Gentoo uses a requires/depends type init setup as well.
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