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16 December 2008, 15:37

XFree86 4.8.0 released

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While most Linux and Unix vendors have switched to using the X Window server from, its predecessor, the XFree86 project lives on and has released XFree86 4.8.0. This release sees a number of security holes closed, various crashing bugs fixed and improvements to the drivers shipped with the server.

The XFree86 project was, for many years, the active developer of X Windows on x86 systems. During those years, it was practically the default X Window server to install on x86 Linux and Unix systems. But, after attempting to work with in 2003/2004, the XFree86 project continued on it's own path, changing to a BSD like licence with an extensive attribution clause. Since that time, many Linux and Unix vendors have moved to using the work of and their X server implementation, which has, what some consider a freer licence, with no attribution requirement.


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