>> Why should they waste their time writing an XServer just to give
>Matrox is a hardware company. If the cost of building the software is
>less than the amount of extra revenue they would bring in by having this
>software, it's a winning proposition for them.
entire XServer from scratch even if they WERE charging for it.
They essentially have done that, they just didn't publicize theQuote:
>'course, it would be easier for them to just publicise the interface and
>let someone else write the server, but I suppose that reverse-engineering
>is their approved way of letting this information out.
interface. They let Metrolink and Xinside write servers for it.
It seems quite unresonable to expect them (or any company) to give
anything away for free. Charity isn't their business.
And a note about reverse-engineering: writing a server is
difficult enough when you have the manufacturer's specs. Without
them, it is nearly impossible. The m*of this story is: If
you want to run XFree, don't by a Matrox card. This is not likely
to change anytime in the foreseeable future.