Two editions of the porting kit for XFree86 Video Drivers for the
SolarisTM Operating System (Solaris OS) are available: The source
edition with source code for developers, and the binary edition with
binary files from Sun for users. The porting kit expands the number of
video devices that work with Solaris OS on x86 platforms.
Solaris XFree86 Video Drivers and Porting Kit is a freeware product for
users and developers of Solaris OS (x86 Platform Edition). With the
Kit, you can use XFree86 video drivers with the X Window System server
for Solaris 8 OS (x86 Platform Edition) or for Solaris 9 OS (x86
The X Window System is also called the X11; it is an open source,
collaborative technology that is the standard graphical engine for
UNIXR systems and Linux operating systems. XFree86 is a freely
redistributable open-source implementation of the X Window System.
XFree86, provides a client/server interface between display hardware
(the mouse, keyboard and video displays) and the desktop environment
while also providing both the windowing infrastructure and a
The video devices supported by the current Solaris 8 OS Update (x86
Platform Edition) are listed on the Hardware Compatibility List (see
the URL). The newest Solaris OS (x86 Platform Edition) video support
and bug fixes can be obtained by installing the latest version of Patch
109401, which is available from SunSolveSM online.
The Porting Kit includes support for many notebook video devices and a
generic VESA mode driver that works on almost all video devices at
practical resolutions and color depth. Therefore users can always try
VESA driver for any unsupported video driver. The Porting Kit does not
include XFree86 support for the video devices on the Intel 810 or 815
chips, nor will the generic VESA driver work with these chips. However,
Intel 810 and 815 devices are supported in the current Solaris 8 OS
(x86 Platform Edition) and Solaris 9 OS (x86 Platform Edition).
Includes MODIFIED and AUGMENTED XFree86 source code that builds XFree86
video drivers, XFree86 library modules and other components such as the
interface module (or the wrapper module) and configuration files. You
need these components to run and to configure XFree86 video drivers on
Solaris OS (x86 Platform Edition).
The Source Edition is intended primarily for developers who want to
create additional video-device driver support for Solaris OS (x86
Platform Edition), fix bugs or enhance and redistribute the Porting Kit
with additional features.
Includes binary files that Sun builds from the source that is included
in the Source Edition. These binary files are delivered in Solaris OS
software packages. When you install and configure these Solaris OS
software packages, you can use the XFree86 video drivers on Solaris OS
(x86 Platform Edition) just as you do the video drivers that Sun
provides with the Solaris OS.
The Binary Edition is intended primarily for users who want to use
graphic cards that are not currently supported for use in the Solaris
Solaris XFree86 Video Drivers and Porting Kit is not supported by Sun.
As with XFree86, the video drivers in the Porting Kit includes support
for 16-bit color depths (65536 colors). This color depth is not fully
supported by the Solaris X Server and many applications, including the
Solaris Installer and other freeware products. If you use this color
depth and encounter problems, please change to either an 8- or 24-bit
People seeking discussion and willing to provide collaborative help
with this product may find open discussion at public forum
atl.solaris.x86. Feedbacks, suggestions and comments can be submitted
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