Building X

Russell Shaw rjshaw at
Fri Sep 19 20:43:10 PDT 2008

Keith Packard wrote:
> 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.

A good solution would be to just replace the black cross cursor bitmap
with an arrow cursor that is visible by default.

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