Fri Sep 11 09:29:00 GMT 1998
At [10 Sep 1998 00:13:27 -0000]
"Alexander Stockdale" <email@example.com> wrote:
> > > I'm asking myself a question. Don't we need to port the X server part under
> > > gnu win ? In fact, it's the only part we have to buy to make the Xclient
> > > stuff works. Is it an idea or do you consider that the free stuff is
> > > sufficient ?
> > Quite a variety of native Win32 ports of X servers should work fine,
> > be it a free or commercial one. You may want to try the free ones
> > first and see how they work for you...
> The two free x-servers for Win32 that I'm aware of are the M/IX server (mentioned elsewhere in this thread) and the StarNet server. The M/IX server is fair (does not support Athena widgets properly). The StarNet server is quite good, but the downloadable version will only run for 2 hours at a time.
There is also a port of the X-windows VNC server, which acts as an
X-Server with a virtual frame buffer. Then you can use the Win32 VNC
viewer to view it.
See http://www.orl.co.uk/vnc/ (VNC homepage) or
http://www.do.ru/users/valtul/ (Link to GNU-WIN32 ported apps)
The code is based on XFree86 3.3 (AFAICR).
> I think we really need to port XFree86 to the cygwin environment. I've started looking into this, but it looks like it may be a big job (just look at the size of the diff file for the OS/2 port).
I'd suggest starting with the VNC server, as it should be (he says
without really knowing) easy to convert the virtual frame buffer into
backing store for a window.
Adrian St.John (firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com)
Real Objects Ltd.
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