[ Moderator's note: I sent this out once already, but I goofed it up
somehow. Sorry if you see it twice. --liw ]
If you have questions related to using XS3 on linux send email to
in general consult the appropriate FAQ or man page.
The following information is from Jon.
XS3 lives on ftp.robots.ox.ac.uk (pub/linux/S3), the server runs
well on most non-Diamond S3 cards and support the 911, 924 and 801 S3
chipsets. Some 924 users have reported lockup problems with the
server, but generally the server is as robust as XFree86.
For a comparison of speeds the various chipsets score about the
XS3 is not (yet) based on XFree86, therefore you must not use the Xconfig
supplied with the XFree86 release, nor can you use compressed fonts.
To install XS3, first install the latest Xfree86 release, then uncompress
# cd /usr/X386/lib/X11/fonts
# uncompress */*.Z
# mkfontdir *
And place a XS3 Xconfig in /usr/X386/lib/X11:
# cp Xconfig.f1280 /usr/X386/lib/X11/Xconfig
edit the mouse and modeDB sections of the Xconfig following the instructions
# edit /usr/X386/lib/X11/Xconfig #...
then make /usr/X386/bin/X a symbolic link to the setuid root XS3 server:
# chown root /usr/X386/bin/XS3
# chmod u+s /usr/X386/bin/XS3
# ln -fs /usr/X386/bin/XS3 /usr/X386/bin/X
Hopefully now all that remains is:
If the server fails to run, check the error messages it gives when starting.
Eventually XS3 will be combined into XFree86 and much of this will disapear,
there is a Alpha XFree86 binary on ftp.robots.ox.ac.uk with S3 support, for
now this can be used to find the dot clock frequencies of your card.