I have this ZX frame buffer, and I asked whether I could run X11R6 on it,
rather than Solaris 2.3's OpenWindows X server. The (very consistent) reply
1) Sun's X isn't evil in 2.3; in fact, it's X11R5 + Display PostScript.
It's just as fast as a MIT server. It also will optimize 3D calls from
XPHIGS to use the ZX hardware.
2) You'll never get MIT X running, since the driver interface to the
frame buffer is unavailable.
I've sort of picked up a few general emotions from this list and other places,
such as "Solaris 2+ is evil, 2.2 is the height of evil, OpenWindows is an
ugly face on evilness. Always run 4.1.3 plus an MIT X server..." That's where
I got the idea. But since I need to run 2.3 on these boxes anyway (since there
are no X servers, Sun or MIT, that run with the ZX under 4.1.3), the truth is
that the Sun server is better than fine.
On another note, I sort of inherited these machines, so I don't know what makes
the ZX so great. Phil Race said to check out 'leotool' from sunsite to see
how great the ZX is. Does someone have a path to this file?
Thanks to the following helpful people for their notes:
Casper Dik <email@example.com>
Timothy G Smith - Special Projects <tgsmith@Sun.COM>
Tim Wort <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Stephen Hickey <email@example.com>
Phil Race - Sun UK - Answer Centre <Phil.Race@UK.Sun.COM>
John Sutton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Syd Weinstein <email@example.com>
Marc Michelsen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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