[Posted and mailed]
> Do the newer commercial distributions of Linux carry a version of XFree86
> which supports the new Matrox Millenium II with 4MB WRAM?
> How about any commercial X servers like MetroX?
> Don't want to download XFree86 from the net if it's avoidable. Rather get
> a complete distribution on CD ROM. Any suggestions?
AFAIK, the major packages still ship with 3.3 or older, though Debian
changes so rapidly that you may be able to find it on CD with 3.3.1. Red
Hat 4.2 comes with 3.2 or 3.3 (I don't recall which), but the latest beta
versions come with 3.3.1 -- but AFAIK, the betas aren't available on CD.
Downloading XFree86 3.3.1 from the net really isn't all that painful, and
if you use a distribution with a decent package manager (e.g., Red Hat or
Debian or something based on their systems), installation should be easy.
(Oh, yeah, 3.3.1 is what you need to support the Millennium II. It's
still officially alpha-level work, but the problems are reported to be
mostly minor at this point. If you need real stability, try to find an
older Millennium (I) board instead. I don't know if the latest Metro-X
supports the Millennium II, but support is reportedly at beta-level with
Accelerated-X. Both of these are commercial products, though Metro-X
comes with some "official" Red Hat CDs and with InfoMagic's 6-CD set.)
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