Announcing the Release of XFree86[TM] Beta Version 3.1.2B

Announcing the Release of XFree86[TM] Beta Version 3.1.2B

Post by David Daw » Mon, 01 Jan 1996 04:00:00

                         Announcing the Release of
                      XFree86[TM] Beta Version 3.1.2B

                              31 December 1995

  The XFree86 Project, Inc's beta version 3.1.2B of XFree86 is now
  available.  This is a binary-only release.

  Binaries are currently available for FreeBSD (2.0.5, also OK for 2.1.0),
  Linux ELF, ISC, and SVR4.  Binaries for Linux a.out and NetBSD are
  expected to be available soon.  They can be found at, and most of the usual
  XFree86 mirror sites.  These binaries are update sets relative to the
  last full release version (3.1.2).  This means that 3.1.2 (or 3.1.2A)
  should be installed first.

  The release notes for this release describe the changes in version 3.1.2B,
  and how to install it.  A copy of the release notes is included below.
  It can also be found at

  Release Notes for XFree86[TM] 3.1.2B (beta version)
  The XFree86 Project, Inc

  28 December 1995

  This document describes the rationale and conditions of this beta
  release, what is new in the XFree86 beta versions 3.1.2B and 3.1.2A
  compared with the current release version 3.1.2, and how to install
  this beta release.

  1.  General Information about Beta Releases

  This is a beta release of XFree86.  XFree86 beta releases are
  available to the public in binary form only.  Source code is available
  only to registered members of the XFree86 beta team.  The main reason
  for this is that XFree86 beta versions often contain source code from
  other sources (such as the X Consortium) which is not yet available
  for public release.  If you want to test or work on these releases at
  the source code level, you can apply for membership of the XFree86
  beta team by sending email to

  The X servers included in beta releases have a built-in expiry date.
  The reason for this is to try to prevent them from persisting beyond
  the date of the next release.  The expiry date for 3.1.2B is 1 April

  The XFree86 binary beta releases may be freely redistributed providing
  that they are not modified in any way, and providing that an
  unmodified version of this document and the BetaReport document is
  included with the distribution.

  The reasons for making this beta release publicly available are to
  give it the widest possible testing, and also to make support for new
  hardware available.

  The XFree86 Project encourages people to test this beta release, and
  to send us a report.  We need both success and failure reports, and we
  also need people using already supported hardware to test these beta
  releases to make sure that we haven't broken anything while adding
  support for new hardware.  A template for the Beta test reports can be
  found in the file ``BetaReport'' which should be available from the
  same place you got this file.  It is also installed in
  /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/doc/.  Beta test reports should be sent to  Please do not send these reports to our usual
  support address.

  2.  New Features in 3.1.2B

  2.1.  General X server changes

     o  A new extension called XFree86-DGA is now provided.  This allows
        a client program to get direct access to the video card's
        memory.  This is currently only implemented for the S3 and
        Mach64 servers and the Cirrus and Trident drivers of the SVGA
        server.  For details of the client-side API, see the file

     o  An implementation of the XInput extension is now included.  It
        has support for the following devices:

        +  Joystick (Linux and FreeBSD only at the moment)

        +  Wacom tablet (Wacom IV protocol only)

        +  Elographics touchscreen

        Refer to the XF86Config(4/5) manual page for configuration

     o  The default black and white pixel values are now black = 0 and
        white = 1 for all servers.  This may be swapped with the
        `-flipPixels' command-line option.

     o  The RepeatMiddle keyword that was added in 3.1.2A has been
        removed because it didn't work properly.

  2.2.  PC98 support

     o  Support has been added for PC98 machines.  These are Intel based
        machines which are common in Japan.

     o  Initial release of the PC98 NEC(S3) server. This server is based
        on the PC-AT S3 server.

     o  Initial release of the PC98 SKB-PowerWindow(S3) server. This
        server is based on the PC-AT S3 server.

     o  Initial release of the PC98 PowerWindowLB(S3) server. This
        server is based on the PC-AT S3 server.

  2.3.  Number Nine Imagine 128 server

     o  A new server for the Number Nine Imagine 128 card is included.
        This server is currently not accelerated.

  2.4.  Trident driver (SVGA server)

     o  TGUI9440 is now fully supported by the SVGA server.

     o  Major updates for most of the trident family of chips.

     o  Preliminary support for the 9660/9680 chipsets - please test!

     o  Hardware Cursor support has problems when mode switching.  This
        is only a positioning issue and shouldn't cause any problems.

     o  Check README.trident distributed with this release for full

     o  Known problems:

        +  There is a problem with interlaced modes with the SVGA

  2.5.  ARK driver (SVGA server)

     o  The ICS5342 clock support (required for the Diamond Stealth64
        Graphics 2001 series) reportedly didn't work in the 3.1.2A
        version.  A problem with it has been found and fixed in 3.1.2B,
        but it hasn't been tested.

  2.6.  S3 server

     o  Workaround for the hardware bug in some new Trio32 chips that
        causes font corruption.  To enable this workaround, add the
        following line to the Device section of your XF86Config:

                  Option "trio32_fc_bug"

     o  Support for S3 and Bt485 HW cursor in doublescan modes.

     o  Fix positioning of IBM RGB Ramdac HW cursor in interlace and
        doublescan modes (the cursor shape still isn't correct).

     o  Fixed detection of Trio64V+ cards.

     o  Improved linear fb detection for PCI cards.  In particular this
        should allow most Trio64V+ cards to use the linear fb, which
        seems to prevent a lot of the lockups that have been reported.

     o  Support for the ELSA Elsa Winner2000PRO/X-2,4 Rev.G which uses
        an ICS9161A clock chip as well as the Ti3026 RAMDAC (clock
        doubling not supported yet).

     o  The AT&T20C409 RAMDAC now supported at clocks up to 135MHz in
        8bpp mode.

  2.7.  Mach64 server

     o  The Mach64 CT (also known as the 264CT, or 215CT22200) chip is
        now supported.  This chip has a integrated RAMDAC and clockchip,
        and is used on some Graphics Xpression and WinBoost cards.

     o  The Mach64 GX-F (GX rev 3) is now supported.

     o  The IBM RGB514 RAMDAC is now supported (as used on the ATI
        Graphics Turbo Pro 1600).

     o  The "program_clocks" option added in the 3.1.2A version has been
        removed, so if you have been using it in your XF86Config you
        will need to remove it.  The use of programmed clocks is now the
        default when a programmable clock chip is present.  This can be
        disabled if necessary by adding the following line to the Device
        section of the XF86Config:

                  Option "no_program_clocks"

     o  The memory base should now be correctly detected for VLB cards.
        If you've needed to add a `MemBase' line to the XF86Config for
        previous versions, please try removing it, and let us know if
        there are any problems.

     o  Cursor colour problems at 16bpp/32bpp mode with some RAMDACs
        have been fixed.

     o  Errors in detecting some RAMDACs (like the CH8398) should now be

     o  8 bit-per-RGB mode (when running at 8bpp) is now default for
        RAMDACs that support it.

     o  Known problems with this version of the Mach64 server are:

        +  The Background colour is not correctly set after exiting the
           server when using a GPT1600 card.

        +  VT switching does not work for cards with the CH8398 and
           AT&T20C409 RAMDACs.

        +  The background colour of the cursor in xterms for the CH8398
           and T&T20C409 RAMDACs is blue instead of black in 16bpp and
           32bpp modes.

        +  When using the software cursor, after switching to the
           console and back, it leaves ``droppings'' when entering and
           exiting windows (this bug is also present in 3.1.2).

  2.8.  ET4000/W32 server

     o  Support for the STG1703 RAMDAC/clock has been added.  Clocks up
        to 135MHz should be OK.  To use the programmable clock add the
        following line to the Device section of the XF86Config:

                  ClockChip "stg1703"

     o  Options have been added to allow PCI burst mode and W32
        interleaving to be turned on or off.  The XF86Config Device
        section entries for these are:

                  Option "pci_burst_on"
                  Option "pci_burst_off"
                  Option "w32_interleave_on"
                  Option "w32_interleave_off"

  2.9.  SiS 86C201 support

     o  Support is included in 3.1.2B for the SiS 86C201 PCI graphics
        card.  It is currently only supported by the VGA16 and Mono
        servers.  Support for 256 colour operation is being worked on.

  2.10.  Client/Library changes

     o  The following new clients have been added:

        +  dga -- a test program for the XFree86-DGA extension.

        +  xsetmode, xsetpointer -- programs for use with the XInput

  3.  New Features in 3.1.2A

  3.1.  General X server changes

     o  Underscore characters are now ignored in Options and keywords in
        the XF86Config file.

     o  The built-in X server malloc is used by default.

     o  Fix a problem that can cause the X server to crash when running

     o  A new pointer keyword RepeatMiddle has been added to support
        dual-protocol 3-button mice which repeat the previous button
        event when the middle button is pressed in Microsoft-compatible
        mode.  If you've had problems getting the middle button working
        on your mouse, try this.

     o  Bitmap fontpath elements can have ":unscaled" appended to
        prevent the fonts from being treated as scalable.  This works
        with the fontserver (xfs) too.

  3.2.  Trident driver (SVGA server)

     o  Preliminary support is included for the TGUI 9440.

  3.3.  Cirrus driver (SVGA server)

     o  Support has been added for the CL-GD7543.

     o  The programmable clock code has been improved to avoid unstable

  3.4.  ARK driver (SVGA server)

     o  Preliminary support has been added for the ICS5342
        RAMDAC/programmable clock, which is used on the Stealth64
        Graphics 2001 card.  This has had very little testing so far.
        To enable this, add the following lines to the Device section of
        your XF86Config file:

                  Ramdac    "ics5342"
                  ClockChip "ics5342"

     Do not include any Clocks lines in your XF86Config file.

     o  Panning has been fixed for ARK2000PV cards with 2MB of video

  3.5.  WD90C24 driver (SVGA server)

     o  A problem with snow at high clocks has been fixed.

  3.6.  S3 server

     o  The default InvertVCLK settings have been changed for #9 Motion
        771 cards and Hercules Terminator 64 Pro cards.  If you have
        needed to add Invert_VCLK lines to your XF86Config file to avoid
        screen wrapping with version 3.1.2, please remove them when
        testing this version.  If there are problems with the new
        defaults, please report them to us.

     o  Preliminary support has been added for the AT&T 20C409 and AT&T
        20C499 RAMDACs with 868 cards.  8bpp pixel multiplexing
        currently does not work.

     o  The IBM RGB526 RAMDAC used on the newer Diamond Stealth64 Video
        3240/3400 cards isn't yet auto-detected, but it will work if the
        following line is added to the Device section of your XF86Config

                  Ramdac "ibm_rgb526"

  3.7.  Mach32 server

     o  Hardware cursor mask problem has been fixed.

  3.8.  Mach64 server

     o  Hardware cursor mask problem has been fixed.

     o  Support for the AT&T 20C408 RAMDAC/Clockchip has been added.

     o  Arbitrary clocks can be used on most boards with supported clock
        chips.  This is enabled with the "program_clocks" option.

  3.9.  ET4000/W32 server

     o  Support has been added for the ICS5341 programmable clock.  To
        enable this, add the following lines to the Device section of
        your XF86Config file:

                  Ramdac    "ics5341"
                  ClockChip "ics5341"

     o  Problems that could cause the W32 server to crash at startup or
        get stuck in a loop at exit have been fixed.

  3.10.  AGX server

     o  Fix for clock probing with AGX-010 chips.

  3.11.  VGA16 server

     o  A problem preventing the StaticGray visual from working has been

  3.12.  xf86config utility

     o  Incorrect handling of IBM RGB Ramdacs has been fixed.

  3.13.  SuperProbe

     o  Added detection for C&T 65548, Cirrus CL-GD7543/1, AT&T 20C409,
        AT&T20C499, and fixed an incorrect ET4000/W32 probe problem.

  3.14.  Client/Library changes

     o  The xdm security fix from the X Consortium's fix-13 is included.

     o  xconsole has been updated for Unixware 2.x.

     o  Colour support has been added to xterm.

     o  XNLS support has been added for KOI8-R.

     o  xrdb dynamically allocates string space to avoid overruns.

     o  A memory overrun problem in xterm has been fixed.

     o  An "AllowNullPasswd" resource has been added to xdm.

     o  libXt bug fix from the X Consortium's fix-13.

  4.  Installing an XFree86 Beta Release

  The XFree86 3.1.2B binary beta release is distributed as a upgrade to
  3.1.2.  It consists of the following files:

       BetaReport         Beta test report template form
       X312B8514.tgz      8514/A server
       X312BAGX.tgz       AGX server
       X312BI128.tgz      I128 server
       X312BMa32.tgz      Mach 32 server
       X312BMa64.tgz      Mach 64 server
       X312BMa8.tgz       Mach 8 server
       X312BMono.tgz      Mono server
       X312BP9K.tgz       P9000 server
       X312BSVGA.tgz      SVGA server
       X312BVG16.tgz      16 colour VGA server
       X312BW32.tgz       ET4000/W32 server
       X312B9NS3.tgz      PC98 NEC(S3) server (*)
       X312B9SPW.tgz      PC98 PCSKB-PowerWindow(S3) server (*)
       X312B9LPW.tgz      PC98 PowerWindowLB(S3) server (*)
       X312Bupd.tgz       clients/libraries that have changed since 3.1.2        script to run after installing the 3.1.2B binaries

  (*)Note: The PC98 servers are for use only on PC98 machines (if you
  don't know what a PC98 machine is, you don't need these).  Binaries

  for these are available only for FreeBSD and NetBSD.

  If you don't already have XFree86 3.1.2 installed, first install that.
  If you have already installed 3.1.2A, that's fine.  Then, you will
  need to get at least one of the XFree86 3.1.2B X servers plus the
  update set (X312Bupd.tgz), the post-install script (make sure you have
  the correct version of this script -- check that the BETAVERSION
  matches the version you are installing), and the BetaReport file.  It
  is recommended that this release be installed in the directory
  /usr/XFree86-3.1.2B.  You will need to be `root' to do the
  installation.  The following example is for installing the S3 and Mono
  servers, and it assumes that the above files are located in /var/tmp:

               mkdir /usr/XFree86-3.1.2B
               cd /usr/XFree86-3.1.2B
               gzip -d < /var/tmp/X312BS3.tgz | tar vxf -
               gzip -d < /var/tmp/X312BMono.tgz | tar vxf -
               gzip -d < /var/tmp/X312Bupd.tgz | tar vxf -
               sh /var/tmp/

  The script makes a backup copy of the 3.1.2 versions you
  already had installed in /usr/X11R6.  It puts the backups into the
  /usr/XFree86-3.1.2 directory.  It then links the 3.1.2B versions into
  /usr/X11R6.  If you had installed 3.1.2A previously according to the
  instructions, the files for that version will still be in the
  /usr/XFree86-3.1.2A directory.

David Dawes                                   Email:
The XFree86 Project, Inc                      Phone: +61 2 351 2639
c/- School of Physics,                        Fax:   +61 2 660 2903
University of Sydney 2006 AUSTRALIA
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