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Re: [Xouvert-general] Recent Popular questions turned into FAQ

From: Jonathan Walther
Subject: Re: [Xouvert-general] Recent Popular questions turned into FAQ
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2003 23:27:46 -0700
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I hereby dub thee the FAQ maintainer.  You are recorded as such on the
Xouvert webpage, http://xouvert.org.  Please give us an URL to link to
the FAQ.  When we get our Wiki online, we'd like to move the FAQ over
there so people can add their questions.  If you have a Savannah user
id, you can upload the FAQ.html using scp, rsync, or sftp to
savannah.nongnu.org:/upload/xouvert; just tell me your Savannah id and I
will give you sufficient permissions to do the upload.  As soon as you
do this, I'll link the FAQ from Xouvert.org.

Thank you David!


On Mon, Aug 18, 2003 at 11:16:53PM -0700, David Ross wrote:
Perhaps we need a FAQ?  I would be happy to maintain it.  If my
questions/answers/definitions are incomplete/wrong/etc feel free to

We could start off with:
1.)     Q)      Will Xouvert remove/modularize network transparency?  I
think we should do this to make X faster, more robust, or just plain
        A) We *cannot* remove network transparency. Period. There is
absolutely no question about it whatsoever. X11 *is* a _network_ protocol. I think the
reason everyone thinks its slow, is because everyone thinks that X11 on
a local machine goes thru TCP/IP. It doesn't. It uses UNIX sockets which are very fast.

2.)     Q)      Why does Xouvert use the XFree License?  I think the
GPL/BSD/<my favourite license> is way better.
        A)      We are using the XFree License so that we maintain
license compatibility with Xfree86(tm) and so that we can contribute our
developments/code/improvements back to the XFree86 project.  We do not
want to fork the Xouvert and XFree86 projects.

3.)     Q)      I keep hearing this talk of forking and branching,
what's the diff?
        A)      If we were to fork Xouvert from XFree86, then we would
be creating a whole other X Window system.  We don't want to do that.
That would be bad because XFree86 is a proven accepted standard on many
platforms.  It is it already stable, but lacks some features that
I/we/you/he/she/someone wants.  That is why we are branching it--to pick
up the pace, and have a more public development process those developers
who want to work on X and for those who need to be on the bleeding edge.
A branch simply means that we want to have our work integrated back into
the larger whole and that we want to maintain compatibility with


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