Video drivers and XFree86 4

Michel Dänzer daenzer at
Mon May 7 18:24:46 EST 2001

Mike Willhide wrote:

> I remember that in order to have an accelerated x server with 3.3.6 you
> needed both a driver to put into the kernel and an x server that is
> accelerated for your particular card.  Has 4.0.x done away with the
> necessity of multiple x servers?

Yes, there is only one server binary anymore which loads drivers etc. as

> If so, do you only need to have a driver for the particular card to get x
> accelerated (is a driver for x a different thing than a driver for the
> kernel)?

Yes and yes. An XFree86 driver is enough in most cases; Only a kernel driver
(or none at all) is good for unaccelerated X.

>     Also, does anyone know the status of the Radeon drivers for LinuxPPC?

Last I heard was it wasn't working with acceleration. Maybe Ani Joshi has made
progress in his tree.

Earthling Michel Dänzer (MrCooper)    \   Debian GNU/Linux (powerpc) developer
CS student, Free Software enthusiast   \        XFree86 and DRI project member

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