Matchbox and the X question
wijnen at debian.org
Sat Dec 3 01:53:03 EST 2011
On 02-12-11 23:21, cenobyte at dragoncrypt.com wrote:
> Firstly, does the Matchbox Window manager require X?
I don't know, but it probably does. Without X all programs must be full
screen, so a window manager doesn't make sense.
> Secondly, there seem to be 2 paths to go with the Nanonote- with Xserver
> and without. Am I right?
It doesn't have to be the one or the other. There's no problem with
doing both. But for the official image, you're probably right.
> Thirdly, what does it mean to have an Xserver? Is having the X libraries
> installed enough to be "x" or are there other programs involved? Is it a
> single thing, or a group?
It's lots of executables and libraries, but in the end it's just a
single package. You'll want some libraries as well (gtk+/gtkmm/pygtk and
sdl, most notably).
> and how is it possible to have graphics without an xserver?
Through the framebuffer. Both gtk+ and sdl have a framebuffer driver, so
they can be used without X. Because most programs use one of those, the
added value of running X isn't so big. All these programs can be run
without X as well. With X, they can be run in a window. But with our
screen size, that's not really usable anyway.
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