Building X

Keith Packard keithp at
Fri Sep 19 16:55:54 PDT 2008

On Fri, 2008-09-19 at 13:52 -0400, Adam Jackson wrote:

> You don't "ask for" the stipple though.  It's the default.

My point was that if you want to avoid the vintage X appearance, you'd
likely start the X server with a black root window instead of the ugly
stipple, and we could hook the 'disable the cursor' mode to the same
option. Does that seem like a reasonable combination? I just can't
imagine any credible desktop environment wanting either the stipple or
the X cursor.
> The protocol, by the way, does _not_ mandate the stipple.  It says that
> the initial contents are some unspecified two-color pattern made of
> blackPixel and whitePixel.  There is a weasel argument here that having
> zero white pixels still counts as "two color" I guess.  Even if you
> don't like that argument, we are the keepers of the spec, there's no
> reason we can't relax that requirement.

Yes, I'm cool with the black root background; nicer looking, conforming
to the spec and everything.

keith.packard at
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