From: (David Dawes)
Subject: Announcing the release of XFree86 3.1.1
Message-ID: <>
Organization: The XFree86 Project, Inc
Date: Wed, 8 Feb 1995 19:58:29 GMT
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                         Announcing the Release of
                             XFree86[TM] 3.1.1

                              8 February 1995

  XFree86 version 3.1.1 is now available.  The README follows.  The
  XFree86 3.1.1 distribution is available in both source and binary form.
  Binary distributions are currently available for FreeBSD (1.1.5 and
  2.0), NetBSD, BSD/386, Linux, ISC, SVR4 and Solaris (2.1 and 2.4).  A
  list of ftp sites is included below.

  The XFree86 documentation is on-line on our World Wide Web server.  It
  can be accessed via the URL http://WWW.XFree86.Org/.

  XFree86 is a port of X11R6 that supports several versions of Intel-
  based Unix(R) and Unix-like operating systems.  This release consists of
  many new features and performance improvements as well as many bug
  fixes.  The release is available as source patches against the X Con-
  sortium X11R6 code, as well as binary distributions for many architec-

  1.  What's new in XFree86 3.1.1

  The following items have been added since XFree86 3.1 was released in
  October 1994:

     1. XFree86 3.1.1 includes the X Consortium's recently released
        public patches (up to fix-11).  The XFree86 Project, Inc has
        worked with the X Consortium to have much of XFree86 3.1.1
        included in the X Consortium's fix-11.

     2. A new accelerated server for Mach64 boards.

     3. Support for the S3 Trio32 and Trio64 chipsets.

     4. Support in the S3 server for the Chrontel 8391 clock chip.

     5. Support for SPEA Mercury P64 and MIRO Crystal 40SV.

     6. Bug fixes and some performance improvements for most of the
        accelerated servers.

     7. Support for `double scan' video modes (most servers).

     8. New chipset support for the SVGA server.  This includes the
        Avance Logic 2228/2301, Chips & Technology 655xx, Cirrus Logic
        6440, and Oak OTI-087.  Accelerated support is included for the

     9. Support for FreeBSD 2.0.

        Preliminary support for OS/2 (client-only at this stage; this is
        still under development).

        Linear aperture access when running on BSD/386.

        16bpp and 32bpp support for more S3 boards (refer to README.S3
        (S3.html) for details).

        Support for ISC's SVR3 (only tested for 3.x and 4.x).

        The `xf86config' utility for generating XF86Config files has
        been improved and now uses a database of video cards.

        The X server LinkKit has been updated to include support for

        The slow X server startup time on machines without hardware
        floating point has been improved.

  Plus a number of other small items.  Refer to the CHANGELOG file in
  the source distribution for full details.

  2.  What's new in XFree86 3.1?

  The following items have been added since XFree86 2.1.1 was released
  in May 1994:

     1. XFree86 is now based on X11R6, including shared library support
        for SVR4, Linux, FreeBSD and NetBSD.

     2. New configuration file format. One of the biggest changes that
        you will notice with the new XFree86 version is that the old
        Xconfig file has been replaced by an XF86Config file.For further
        details, see the section ``Important Changes'' below.

     3. Support is included for the X Image Extension (XIE).

     4. A new accelerated server for boards based on the Weitek P9000

     5. A new accelerated server for boards based on the AGX chipsets.

     6. A new accelerated server for boards based on the Tseng
        ET4000/W32 series of chipsets.

     7. Support for the S3 Vision 864 and 964 chipsets (including boards
        like the ELSA Winner 1000Pro and 2000Pro, Number Nine GXE64 and
        GXE64Pro, Miro Crystal 20SV).

     8. 16bpp support for some Mach32 boards.

     9. 16bpp and 32bpp support for P9000 boards.

        16bpp and 32bpp support for some S3 boards.

        Improved Cirrus accelerated support (including 5434), and 16bpp
        and 32bpp support for some Cirrus boards.

        Accelerated support for Western Digital WD90C33 boards.

        Support for the S3 GENDAC, S3 SDAC, AT&T 20C498, STG1700 and
        TI3025 RAMDACS in the S3 server.

        Support for the S3 GENDAC, S3 SDAC, ICS2595, and TI3025
        programmable clocks in the S3 server.

        New SVGA drivers for the AL2101, MX68000/MX68010, Video7, Cirrus
        CL6420 chipsets.

        Significantly updated ATI vgawonder driver, including
        unaccelerated support for Mach64 boards.

        A generic VGA driver for the SVGA server (fixed 320x200 at

        Dual-headed vga2/mono and vga16/mono servers.

        Significant updates to the VGA16 code, including a wider range
        of banking support.

        Incorporated the Screen Saver extension into the base server.

        Support for "green" monitor screen savers in S3 and SVGA

        Support for the "experimental" LBX code included with X11R6.

  Plus a number of other small things.  Refer to the CHANGELOG file in
  the source distribution for full details.

  3.  Systems XFree86 has been tested on


        o  Esix: 4.0.3A, 4.0.4,

        o  Microport: 2.2, 3.1, 4.1, 4.2

        o  Dell: 2.1, 2.2, 2.2.1

        o  UHC: 2.0, 3.6

        o  Consensys: 1.2

        o  MST: 4.0.3 (Load 2.07 and Load 3.02)

        o  ISC: 4.0.3

        o  AT&T: 2.1, 4.0

        o  NCR: MP-RAS

        o  SunSoft: Solaris x86 2.1, 2.4


        o  Consensys

        o  Novell UnixWare


        o  SCO: 3.2.2, 3.2.4

        o  ISC: 3.0, 4.0, 4.1


        o  NetBSD 1.0,

        o  FreeBSD, 2.0

        o  BSD/386 1.1

        o  Mach 386

        o  Linux

        o  Amoeba

        o  Minix-386

  4.  Supported video-card chip-sets

  At this time, XFree86 3.1.1 supports the following accelerated

        (and true clones)

        Mach8, Mach32, Mach64

        CLGD5420, CLGD5422, CLGD5424, CLGD5426, CLGD5428, CLGD5429,
        CLGD5430, CLGD5434

     S3 86C911, 86C924, 86C801, 86C805, 86C805i, 86C928, 86C864, 86C964,
        86C732, 86C764

     Western Digital
        WD90C31, WD90C33


        AGX-014, AGX-015, AGX-016

        ET4000/W32, ET4000/W32i, ET4000/W32p

  The Cirrus, Western Digital and Oak accelerators are supported in the
  SVGA server; the other chipsets each have their own server.  A list of
  some cards which the accelerated servers have been tested is included
  in the files AccelCards, Devices, and some of the chipset-specific
  README files.  They may well work on other cards, but we cannot
  guarantee it.

  In addition, the following SVGA chipsets are supported:

        ET3000, ET4000AX, ET4000/W32
     Western Digital/Paradise

     Western Digital
        WD90C00, WD90C10, WD90C11, WD90C24, WD90C30, WD90C31,WD90C33


        TVGA8800CS, TVGA8900B, TVGA8900C, TVGA8900CL, TVGA9000,
        TVGA9000i, TVGA9100B, TVGA9200CX, TVGA9320, TVGA9400CX, TVGA9420

        18800, 18800-1, 28800-2, 28800-4, 28800-5, 28800-6, 68800-3,
        68800-6, 68800AX, 68800LX, 88800

        77C22, 77C22E, 77C22E+

     Cirrus Logic
        CLGD5420, CLGD5422, CLGD5424, CLGD5426, CLGD5428, CLGD5429,
        CLGD5430, CLGD5434, CLGD6205, CLGD6215, CLGD6225, CLGD6235,
        CLGD6410, CLGD6412, CLGD6420, CLGD6440


        OTI067, OTI077, OTI087

     Avance Logic
        ALG2101, ALG2228, ALG2301, ALG2302, ALG2308, ALG2401

     Chips & Technology
        65520, 65530, 65540, 65545

     MX MX68000, MX680010

      Video 7/Headland Technologies

  All of the above are supported in both 256 color and monochrome modes,
  with the exception of the Advance Logic, MX, Chips & Technology and
  Video 7 chipsets, which are only supported in 256 color mode.

  Refer to the chipset-specific README files (currently for Cirrus,
  Tseng, Western Digital, ATI, Trident, Oak and Video 7) for more
  information about using those chipsets.

  The monochrome server also supports generic VGA cards, using 64k of
  video memory in a single bank, the Hercules monochrome card, the
  Hyundai HGC1280, Sigma LaserView, Visa and Apollo monochrome cards.
  On the Compaq AVGA, only 64k of video memory is supported for the
  monochrome server, and the GVGA has not been tested with more than

  The VGA16 server supports memory banking with the ET4000, Trident,
  ATI, NCR, OAK and Cirrus 6420 chipsets allowing virtual display sizes
  up to about 1600x1200 (with 1MB of video memory).  For other chipsets
  the display size is limited to approximately 800x600.

  Note: The Diamond SpeedStar 24 (and possibly recent SpeedStar+) boards
  are NOT supported, even though they use the ET4000.  The Stealth 32
  which uses the ET4000/W32p is also not supported.  Most other Diamond
  boards will work with this release of XFree86.  Historically the
  information required for this support was only available under non-
  disclosure.  As of September 27, 1994, Diamond has verbally agreed to
  provide The XFree86 Project, Inc. with detailed information about
  Diamond products.  This should permit us to better support these in
  future versions of XFree86.

  5.  Important Changes

  There are a number of important user-visible changes between XFree86
  2.1.1 and XFree86 3.1.  The first is the default install location.
  The XFree86 distribution is now installed by default under /usr/X11R6
  instead of /usr/X386.  This moves away from the now out-dated "X386"
  name, and it also makes it possible for both versions to co-exist.

  The next major change is related to the server configuration file.
  The old Xconfig file has been replaced in XFree86 3.1 by an XF86Config
  file.  This is more than just a name change.  The new XF86Config file
  uses a format that is quite different from the old Xconfig file.  The
  new format is more structured, logical, and extensible than the old
  format.  We realise that the transition to this new format won't be
  without problems.  To help in this transition we have provided a
  program (`reconfig') to convert the old Xconfig format into the new
  XF86Config format.  This doesn't provide a perfect conversion mostly
  because the new format contains more information than the old format.
  Some manual editing will always be required.  One of the new types of
  information the XF86Config contains is a description of the monitor(s)
  you are using.  This addition allows the servers to check that the
  video modes are within the specifications of the monitor.

  For information about the new config file format and how to use it,
  refer to the XF86Config(4/5) and  reconfig(1) manual pages, and the
  README.Config file which can be found in /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/doc.

  Another change related to the config file is the locations the servers
  look for it in.  In previous releases the servers would look in places
  which could be specified by the user.  This raised a number of
  security concerns.  To address these, the server now only looks in
  places which are normally under the control of the system
  administrator.  For further details, refer to the XFree86(1) manual

  6.  Where to get more information

  Additional documentation is available in the XFree86(1),
  XF86Config(4/5), XF86_SVGA(1), XF86_Mono(1), XF86_VGA16(1) and
  XF86_Accel(1) manual pages.  In addition, several README files and
  tutorial documents are provided.  These are available in
  /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/doc in the binary distributions, and in
  xc/programs/Xserver/hw/xfree86/doc in the source distribution.

  The files README.Config and VideoModes.doc should be consulted for
  information on how to set up the XFree86 servers.  All supplied
  documents and manual pages should be read before contacting the
  XFree86 team for assistance.

  Documentation on SVGA driver development can be found in the directory
  /usr/X11R6/lib/Server/VGADriverDoc in the binary distribution, and in
  the directory xc/programs/Xserver/hw/xfree86/VGADriverDoc in the
  source distribution.

  If you are totally at a loss, you can contact the XFree86 Support Team
  at <XFre...@XFree86.Org>.

  There is a Usenet news group that contains
  mostly discussions about XFree86 and related topics. Many questions
  can be answered there. The answers to common questions are found in
  the corresponding FAQ.

  7.  Credits

  XFree86 was originally put together by:

     o  David Dawes <>

     o  Glenn Lai <>

     o  Jim Tsillas <>

     o  David Wexelblat <>

  XFree86 support was integrated into the base X11R6 distribution by:

     o  Stuart Anderson <Stuart.Ander...@ColumbiaSC.NCR.COM>

     o  Doug Anson <>

     o  Gertjan Akkerman <>

     o  Mike Bernson <>

     o  Robin Cutshaw <>

     o  David Dawes <>

     o  Marc Evans <>

     o  Pascal Haible <>

     o  Matthieu Herrb <>

     o  Dirk Hohndel <>

     o  David Holland <>

     o  Alan Hourihane <>

     o  Jeffrey Hsu <>

     o  Glenn Lai <>

     o  Ted Lemon <>

     o  Rich Murphey <>

     o  Hans Nasten <>

     o  Mark Snitily <>

     o  Randy Terbush <>

     o  Jon Tombs <>

     o  Kees Verstoep <>

     o  Paul Vixie <>

     o  Mark Weaver <>

     o  David Wexelblat <>

     o  Philip Wheatley <Philip.Wheat...@ColumbiaSC.NCR.COM>

     o  Thomas Wolfram <>

     o  Orest Zborowski <>

     386BSD, FreeBSD, NetBSD  support by:

        o  Rich Murphey <>

     NetBSD  support by:

        o  Matthieu Herrb <>

     Original 386BSD port by:

        o  Pace Willison,

        o  Amancio Hasty Jr <>

     Mach 386 support by:

        o  Robert Baron <>

     Linux support by:

        o  Orest Zborowski <>

     SCO Unix support by:

        o  David McCullough <>

     Amoeba support by:

        o  Kees Verstoep <>

     Minix-386 support by:

        o  Philip Homburg <>

     OSF/1 support by:

        o  Marc Evans <M...@Synergytics.Com>

     BSD/386 support by:

        o  Hans Nasten <>,

        o  Paul Vixie <>

     Solaris support by:

        o  Doug Anson <>,

        o  David Holland <>

     ISC SVR3 support by:

        o  Michael Rohleder

     Linux shared libraries by:

        o  Orest Zborowski <>,

        o  Dirk Hohndel <>

     Original accelerated code by:

        o  Kevin Martin <>,

        o  Rik Faith <>,

        o  Jon Tombs <>

     S3 accelerated code by:

        o  Jon Tombs <>,

        o  David Wexelblat <>,

        o  David Dawes <>,

        o  Robin Cutshaw <>,

        o  Amancio Hasty <>,

        o  Norbert Distler <>,

        o  Leonard N. Zubkoff <>,

        o  Harald Koenig <>,

        o  Bernhard Bender <>

     Mach32 accelerated code by:

        o  Kevin Martin <>,

        o  Rik Faith <>,

        o  Mike Bernson <>,

        o  Mark Weaver <>,

        o  Craig Groeschel <>

     Mach64 accelerated code by:

        o  Kevin Martin <>,

     Mach8, 8514 accelerated code by:

        o  Kevin Martin <>,

        o  Rik Faith <>,

        o  Tiago Gons <>,

        o  Hans Nasten <>,

        o  Scott Laird <>

     Cirrus accelerated code by:

        o  Simon Cooper <>,

        o  Harm Hanemaayer <>,

        o  Bill Reynolds <>

     Western Digital accelerated code by:

        o  Mike Tierney <>,

        o  Bill Conn <>

     Oak Technologies Inc. accelerated code by:

        o  Jorge Delgado <>,

     16 color VGA server by:

        o  Gertjan Akkerman <>

     2 color VGA and non-VGA mono servers by:

        o  Pascal Haible <>

     ATI SVGA driver by:

        o  Per Lindqvist <> and Doug Evans

        o  Ported to X11R5 by Rik Faith <>.

        o  Rewritten by Marc La France <>

     Trident SVGA driver by:

        o  Alan Hourihane <>

     NCR SVGA driver by:

        o  Stuart Anderson <Stuart.Ander...@ColumbiaSC.NCR.COM> with the
           permission of NCR Corporation

     Cirrus SVGA driver by:

        o  Bill Reynolds <>,

        o  Hank Dietz <>,

        o  Simon Cooper <>,

        o  Harm Hanemaayer <>,

     Cirrus CL64xx driver by:

        o  Manfred Brands <>

        o  Randy Hendry <>

        o  Jeff Kirk <j...@bambam.dsd.ES.COM>

     Compaq SVGA driver by:

        o  Hans Oey <>

     Oak SVGA driver by:

        o  Steve Goldman <>

        o  Jorge Delgado <>

     AL2101 SVGA driver by:

        o  Paolo Severini <>

     Avance Logic ``ali'' SVGA driver by:

        o  Ching-Tai Chiu <>

     MX SVGA driver by:

        o  Frank Dikker <>

     Video7 SVGA driver by:

        o  Craig Struble <>

     Apollo Mono driver by:

        o  Hamish Coleman <>

     Other contributors:

        o  Joerg Wunsch <> (ET3000 banked

        o  Eric Raymond <> (new video mode

        o  and an entire horde of beta-testers around the world!

  8.  Contact information

  Ongoing development planning and support is coordinated by the XFree86
  Core Team.  At this time the Core Team consists of (in alphabetical

     o  Robin Cutshaw <>

     o  David Dawes <>

     o  Marc Evans <>

     o  Dirk Hohndel <>

     o  Rich Murphey <>

     o  Jon Tombs <>

     o  David Wexelblat <>

  Mail sent to <> will reach the core team.  Please note
  that support questions should be sent to <>.

  9.  The XFree86 Project, Inc.

  The XFree86 Project, Inc, has been founded to accomplish two major

     1. To provide a vehicle by which XFree86 can be represented in X
        Consortium, Inc, the organization responsible for the design,
        development, and release of The X Window System.

     2. To provide some basic funding for acquisition of facilities for
        ongoing XFree86 development, largely to consist of new video
        hardware and basic computing facilities.

  The first of these was the primary motivation.  We have held discus-
  sions with the X Consortium on and off for many months, attempting to
  find an avenue by which our loosely-organized free software project
  could be given a voice within the X Consortium.  The bylaws of the
  Consortium would not recognize such an organization.  After an initial
  investigation about funding, we decided to form our own corporation to
  provide the avenue we needed to meet the requirements of the X Consor-
  tium bylaws.

  By doing this, we were able to be involved in the beta-test interval
  for X11R6, and have contributed the majority of XFree86 to the X11R6
  core release.  The version of XFree86 in the initial X11R6 core is
  3.0.  The version of XFree86 in the current X11R6 patched release is
  3.1.1.  As time goes on, XFree86 will be involved with more of the
  development of The X Window System, as a full Consortium member.  How
  exactly this will evolve is still being determined.

  An additional benefit of this incorporation is that The XFree86
  Project, Inc has obtained outside financial support for our work.
  This will hopefully give us the freedom to be more pro-active in
  obtaining new video hardware, and enable us to release better products
  more quickly, as we will be able to go and get what we need, and get
  it into the hands of the people who can do the work.

  The current Board of Directors and Officers of the The XFree86
  Project, Inc, are:

     o  David Dawes, President and Secretary

     o  Dirk Hohndel, Vice-President

     o  Glenn Lai, Director

     o  Rich Murphey, Treasurer

     o  Jim Tsillas, Director

     o  Jon Tombs, Director

     o  David Wexelblat, Director

  Email to <> reaches the board of directors.

  Our bylaws have been crafted in such a way to ensure that XFree86 is
  and always will be a free software project.  There is no personal
  financial benefit to any member of the Core Team or any other XFree86
  participant.  All assets of the corporation remain with the
  corporation, and, in the event of the dissolution of the corporation,
  all assets will be turned over to the X Consortium, Inc.  It is hoped
  that by doing this, our corporation will be merely a formalization of
  what we have been doing in the past, rather than something entirely

  Here is a list of the organizations and individuals who have provided
  sponsorship to The XFree86 Project, Inc, either by financial
  contribution or by the donation of equipment and resources.  The
  XFree86 Project, Inc gratefully acknowledges these contributions, and
  hopes that we can do justice to them by continuing to release high-
  quality free software for the betterment of the Internet community as
  a whole.

     o  UUNET Communications Services, Inc. (

  UUNET Communications Services, Inc, deserves special mention.  This
  organization stepped forward and contributed the entire 1994 X Consor-
  tium membership fee on a moment's notice.  This single act ensured
  XFree86's involvement in X11R6.

     o  AIB Software Corporation (, Dulles,

     o  Roland Alder, Armin Fessler, Patrick Seemann, Martin Wunderli

     o  American Micro Group

     o  AT&T Global Information Services ( (formerly

     o  Andrew Burgess

     o  Berkeley Software Design, Inc (, Falls
        Church, VA

     o  The Destek Group, Inc. (, Pelham,
        NH (formerly Synergytics)

     o  Digital Equipment Corporation (

     o  Elsa GmbH, Aachen, Germany

     o  Dirk Hohndel

     o  Frank & Paige McCormick

     o  InfoMagic (, Rocky Hill, NJ

     o  LunetIX Softfair, Berlin, Germany

     o  Morse Telecommunications (, Long Beach, NY

     o  MIRO Computer Products AG, Braunschweig, Germany

     o  Rich & Amy Murphey

     o  Brett Neumeier

     o  Number Nine, Lexington, MA

     o  Kazuyuki Okamoto, Japan

     o  Prime Time Freeware, San Bruno, CA

     o  Red Hat Software, Chapel Hill, NC

     o  SPEA Software AG, Starnberg, Germany

     o  Clifford M Stein

     o  Joel Storm

     o  S.u.S.E, GmbH, Fuerth, Germany

     o  Tekelec Airtronic GmbH, Muenchen, Germany

     o  Jim Tsillas

     o  Trans-Ameritech Enterprises, Inc., Santa Clara, CA

     o  Unifix Software GmbH, Braunschweig, Germany

     o  Vixie Enterprises (, La Honda, CA

     o  Walnut Creek CDROM (, Concord, CA

     o  Xtreme s.a.s., Livorno, Italy

  The XFree86 Project, Inc, welcomes the additional contribution of
  funding and/or equipment.  Such contributions should be tax-
  deductible; we will know for certain when the lawyers get finished
  with the papers.  For more information, contact The XFree86 Project,
  Inc, at <>

  10.  Source and binary archive sites

  Source patches are available to upgrade X11R6 PL11 from the X
  Consortium to XFree86 3.1.1.  They and binaries for many OSs are
  available via anonymous FTP from:


  and the following mirror sites:

     o  North America:

           ( (source and BSD/386

           ( (source and binaries)

           ( (source
           patches and NetBSD binaries)

           (Also via AFS:

           (Linux binaries and source)

           ( (source patches and
           FreeBSD binaries)

           ( (source and binaries)

           ( (source and binaries)

           ( (Solaris, SVR4, SCO

     o  Europe:

        + (ftp://fvkma.tu-
  (source and binaries)

           ( (source and binaries)

        + (
           (source and binaries)

           (source patches and Linux binaries)

        + (ftp://ftp.uni-
  (source and binaries)

           ( (source and

           ( (source and

           ( (NetBSD binaries

           ( (source and

     o  Asia/Australia:

           ( (source and

        + (

           ( (source patches
           and binaries)

           ( (source and binaries)

  Refer to the README file under the specified directory for information
  on which files you need to get to build your distribution.

  Ensure that you are getting XFree86 3.1.1 - some of these sites may
  archive older releases as well.  Each binary distribution will contain
  a README file that describes what files you need to take from the
  archive, and which compile-time option selections were made when
  building the distribution.

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