Zhang Le <firstname.lastname@example.org> posted
20090608083147.GB16785@..., excerpted below, on Mon,
08 Jun 2009 16:31:48 +0800:
> If user strictly follow X Server Configuration Howto (
> http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/xorg-config.xml ), he would install the
> whole xorg-x11 meta package, which is not necessary.
This one would be an outdated X Server Configuration Howto, then, as
Gentoo/X, last I read, does not expect or recommend that people install
The context of that post was that the xorg-x11 meta-package includes bits
of software (specifically, certain fonts) that upstream considers
important, but that is not free software in keeping with Gentoo's Social
Contract. Thus, Gentoo cannot properly recommend the meta-package as a
"core" package, and Gentoo/X does not do so, recommending instead that
people only install xorg-server and additional individual packages and
dependencies as they need them. As freedom concerns me I made particular
note of this, tho unfortunately I don't have a reference handy, so direct
confirmation would likely be necessary.
Thus, any Gentoo documentation recommending the xorg-x11 meta-package for
other than the specific purpose of installing /everything/ upstream (as
opposed to Gentoo) recommends and considers important, is outdated and
I haven't looked to see if there's already one filed or not, but should I
file a bug, probably CCing the Gentoo/X folks for confirmation? That doc
appears to be in the docs project space, not X's, so it'd be docs' bug.
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"Every nonfree program has a lord, a master --
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