[CentOS-devel] Rebuild xorg

Sat Dec 20 22:19:30 UTC 2008
William L. Maltby <CentOS4Bill at triad.rr.com>

On Sat, 2008-12-20 at 22:47 +0100, Alain PORTAL wrote:
> Hi,
> I just installed and fully updated Centos 5.2 on my laptop.
> Unfortunately, this one need at least the version 6.8.0 of the 
> xorg-x11-drv-ati (available in Fedora 9), and this driver need 
> xorg-x11-server-Xorg >= :-(

Are you sure about that? Most video cards have a VGA compatible mode?
Have you tried that? About the only loss is some of the higher
resolutions and maybe some performance. The current X11 might be OK if
you can use and live with the VGA compatible mode.

> So, I need to rebuild many things if I want to use centos on my laptop, and I 
> want to use it!

Might be more work thatn you expect. Will you have to use/build later
versions of Gnome/KDE libraries, apps, etc. when the new X11 is
installed? Will that require more changes in more underlying things?

My guess would be there's a lot of work there.

> As this is the first time I use Centos, could you tell me which tools I need 
> and how I have to do to rebuild packages that I'll probably take on Fedora 9 
> mirrors?

I don't have the technical knowledge to help you with that. But whenever
certain "core" pieces are changed, there's a lot of potential for

Since CentOS is "enterprise", i.e. stable, not supporting the latest
hardware, gets mostly security patches back-ported, CentOS may not be
appropriate if you need is for the "latest and greatest".

The more knowledgeable folks on the list suggest another distro for
those that do need the "latest and greatest" without as much need for
the "enterprise class" stability.

> Regards,
> Alain
> <snip sig stuff>

Sorry I can't be more help that that.