From: email@example.com (david.e.wexelblat)
Subject: Call for Beta-Testers for X386 1.2E (X11R5, enhanced)
Date: 4 Jun 92 16:26:09 GMT
[ This was originally posted to comp.windows.x and comp.unix.sysv386. The
response has been overwhelming. I have not gotten any responses from the
Linux community, though. Since I believe that X11R5 (X386 1.2) has been
brought up on Linux (since I'm not a devotee, I may be wrong :->), this
might interest some of you. We will accept at most 3-4 volunteer for
this beta-test, so read on if you are interested.
We are currently looking for beta-testers for an enhanced X386 1.2 (X11R5)
(to be called X386 1.2E). If you are interested in helping with this
beta-test, and meet the following conditions, please send email to
one of the addresses in the 'Contacts' section below.
1) Running Intel 3/486 Unix of some flavor
2) Using an SVGA card currently supported by X386
3) Have the disk space and experience to build X11R5 from scratch (*)
4) Have access to anonymous FTP and Internet email
5) Have the Unix/X/C experience to be a good beta-tester
(*) Only a limited binary distribution (SVR4) is available at this time;
if you are short on disk space, but still want to get involved, send
email, and we'll see if we can accomodate you.
1) SpeedUp from Glenn Lai, for compatible hardware
2) fX386 from Jim Tsillas, for when SpeedUp is not being used
3) Support for newer VGA cards with clocks that the current X386
can't deal with.
4) LOCALCONN for both SVR3 and SVR4
plus a whole host of bugfixes and enhancements
What We're Looking For:
Currently, we have tested with the following Unices:
- ESIX SVR4.0.3
- Microport SVR4 3.1 and 4.1
- Interactive SVR3 2.2.0
We currently have beta-testers with SVR4 from Dell and UHC.
We are looking for additional SVR4 (AT&T, MST, Consensys), and
SVR3 (any we can find) users who can help us ensure compatibilty.
Users of other flavors (BSD/386, 386BSD, Linux, Mach) may
volunteer, however, you will likely be asked to fix your own
bugs, unless the server itself is the problem. Please also note
that we may not accept all volunteers; we are looking for broad
coverage, not necessarily large numbers.
We expect beta-testers to build X386 1.2E distribution (which is
currently a large patch kit against the X11R5 PL12 base), to
provide bug reports (and hopefully fixes :->), and to stress the
system in their configuration.
There will be an FTP archive and an email list for communication
among the beta-testing community. When you contact us initially,
be sure to provide a sound email address.
David Dawes <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Glenn Lai <email@example.com>
Jim Tsillas <firstname.lastname@example.org>
David Wexelblat <email@example.com>
What does SGCS have to say about all this (disclaimer):
Thomas Roell and Mark Snitily have been consulted all throughout
this effort, and have provided both technical and moral support,
including allowing our use of the name 'X386 1.2E'. It is the
intention of all parties involved that this work will be merged
with the SGCS contribution to MIT's X11R6, when that becomes
When will X386 1.2E be generally available:
This has not yet been decided; it will depend on how the beta-test
goes. This enhanced server has been running on the systems mentioned
above for a couple of months now. More information will be posted
when it is available.
To volunteer, send email to David Wexelblat <firstname.lastname@example.org>
or David Dawes <email@example.com>. During the window of
time from 6/9/92-6/22/92, I'll be in the process of moving (home, not
job), and will be unavailble for several days at a time. During
that interval, inquiries should be sent to David Dawes directly.
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