AndyC wrote:You're aware that it predates VMWare, right?
But, regardless of virtualisation or not, it's really, really dumb of Linux to still be defaulting to a display mode that is incredibly slow on most graphics cards (even those of the Win 95 era). That just makes no sense at all.
As long as the video card and driver support 32 bit video mode, Xserver supports 24 bit color with the extra byte to align the color channels to 4 byte increments in memory, which is more efficent and therefore faster.
Xserver refers both 24 and 32 bit as 24 bit color depth.
The "xdpyinfo" command provides some information about the color depths supported by Xserver and your video card.