XFree86 is a pre-release snapshot of XFree86 4.3.0. This snapshot is release candidate 1 for version 4.3.0. Prebuilt binaries for selected platforms, including Darwin 6.x/Mac OS X 10.2.x are available from ftp://ftp.xfree86.org/pub/XFree86/snapshots/ Instructions for installing are at http://www.xfree86.org/

This snapshot is feature complete snapshot of XFree86 4.3.0. Some of the notable improvements:

- Faster 2-D drawing in rootless mode
- Hardware accelerated GLX in rootless mode
- Much faster full screen mode 2-D drawing, comparable to rootless mode
- New font configuration library (fontconfig)
- Ability to use all native Mac OS X fonts

It is anticipated that the libraries and X clients from 4.3.0 will be included in Apple's final X11 for Mac OS X release. Testing of this snapshot is encouraged to shake out any final bugs before the 4.3.0 release. (Testers on pure Darwin systems are particularly needed.)

Posted by Torrey T. Lyons 2003-02-07

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