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Date: Thu, 07 Jun 2012 19:45:07 +0200
From: Christian Neukirchen <>
Subject: Re: Hello

Rich Felker <> writes:

> On Thu, Jun 07, 2012 at 06:29:13PM +0200, John Spencer wrote:
>> >At this time I think to take an older X release without some stuff I
>> >don't need. X11R7.6 build requires python and weird xml libs for
>> >example. Maybe even XFree86 (to test it in qemu for the micro desktop
>> >system project).
>> >
>> what kept me from configuring X11 to work properly is its huge
>> freaking complexity.
>> if an older version is simpler and can do the job as well, i'm all for it.
>> i fear though that you won't get any up-to-date software compiled
>> against it.
>> probably not worth the effort.
> As far as the server goes, even the oldest X server versions should
> work fine with modern software (aside from possibly being really slow
> when the software wants to do 3D, etc.). That's how X was designed.

Reality is, applications simply won't work without XRENDER, XKB and other
2000'ish things.  E.g. GTK generally needs 8bpp or more, or it will not
even start.

Christian Neukirchen  <>

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