[Xorg] Lots of changes today

Roland Mainz roland.mainz at nrubsig.org
Fri Aug 6 18:54:57 PDT 2004

Keith Packard wrote:
> 2)      Xvfb didn't match "normal" PC hardware.  This made my 'lightpipe'
>         damage test application unhappy so I just changed it.  Much nicer
>         now.  I also got rid of the mfb support.

What do you mean with "normal" PC hardware ? Do you mean something like
making 24bit TrueColor the default visual for Xvfb or what ?

> 3)      I removed the new alpha fields in visuals.  These made the driver
>         ABI change without offering any substantive benefits.  The idea was
>         to report pixel values to clients that included the alpha bits so
>         "simple" applications would "just work" on ARGB visuals.  Turns out
>         no modern toolkit bothers to ask the X server to translate RGB
>         values into pixels for TrueColor visuals, so this was mostly a
>         wasted effort in any case. 

Maybe not "modern" toolkits (BTW: Did you check whether Motif and Athena
applications still work ?) but there are some (toolkit-less)
applications which may depend on that (mpgdbx comes in mind). So the
question is whether those applications will still work or not...



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