Building X

Adam Jackson ajax at
Mon Sep 22 07:56:03 PDT 2008

On Fri, 2008-09-19 at 16:55 -0700, 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.

Right then.  -br is now the default.  -retro gives you the old school
root window and cursor behavior.

I see a bike shed and I want to paint it black...

- ajax
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