Martin Costabel wrote:
> Concerning the issue of the semi-transparent cursor arrow, this may be a
> problem of X servers rather than of build architecture:
Turns out this is indeed the case. There is a well-known endian bug in
the Xquartz server on Mac/intel which has been annoying mostly people
who ssh from an xterm to linux machines. There the cursor becomes yellow
and hence practically invisible.
This bug has been reported to Apple more than a year ago by many people,
and a patch for the sources has been found. Unfortunately the fix did
not make it into the big X11 update last year, making a lot of people on
various mailing lists rather angry, complaining about Apple's politics
in general, and this instance in particular. But as we know those
boneheads, this will probably never be fixed as long as the problem
concerns only some geeks who ssh into linux boxes.
Someone has put a patched version of Xquartz on the web(*), and when I
use that one instead of Apple's original one, the problem with the bad
cursors in gcompris goes away.
Maybe we could use the example of gcompris to make the boneheads give in
;-) If someone shows them how this program works with and without the
patch, and that it aims not at geeks, but at children age 2-10, that it
has a nice cuddly Applish look-and-feel, and music, despite coming from
GNU and running in X11, then maybe, just maybe...
OTOH, this is just an endian bug, so perhaps the gcompris developers
could find a workaround from inside their program.
Apple forum: Several topics in 2006, for example
Archives of the x11-users list
Start a search for "yellow".