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    Xaero_​Vincent

    evildictaitor wrote:
    And that's why Linux doesn't have a big market-share, right there.

    If Linux developers started to realise that actually users having a good experience is much more important than silly long-term grudges they might hold, or stop bickering about whether Linux ought to even allow programs not released under the GPL, they might actually get some users.

    They should get their act together and put in a single line at the top of their kernel:

    if(VPC) then { don't use 24-bit color }


    And until they do, normal users who just want their computer to work and who might want to try out that new and fangled "Linux thing" will be absolutely sure to not touch it if it doesn't just work.


    The only way this would be true is if the Xorg drivers for whatever video card Virtual PC virtualizes only supported up to 24 bit video mode.

    That is a possible scenerio but it doesn't mean that Xorg fails to support 32 bits per pixel for other cards and drivers.

    > grep -G pixmap /var/log/Xorg.0.log

    (==) Depth 24 pixmap format is 32 bpp

    > xdpyinfo | grep '32'

    bitmap unit, bit order, padding:    32, LSBFirst, 32
        depth 1, bits_per_pixel 1, scanline_pad 32
        depth 4, bits_per_pixel 8, scanline_pad 32
        depth 8, bits_per_pixel 8, scanline_pad 32
        depth 15, bits_per_pixel 16, scanline_pad 32
        depth 16, bits_per_pixel 16, scanline_pad 32
        depth 24, bits_per_pixel 32, scanline_pad 32
        depth 32, bits_per_pixel 32, scanline_pad 32
      depths (7):    24, 1, 4, 8, 15, 16, 32
        visual id:    0x32
        depth:    32 planes

    > info xorg.conf | grep -B 10 -C 4 "Most hardware"

           Depth  depth
                  This entry specifies what colour depth the Display subsection is
                  to  be used for.  This entry is usually specified, but it may be
                  omitted to create a match-all Display subsection or when wishing
                  to  match  only against the FbBpp parameter.  The range of depth
                  values that are allowed depends on  the  driver.   Most  drivers
                  support  8,  15,  16  and 24.  Some also support 1 and/or 4, and
                  some may support other values (like 30).  Note: depth means  the
                  number  of  bits  in a pixel that are actually used to determine
                  the pixel colour.  32 is not a valid depth value.  Most hardware
                  that  uses  32  bits  per pixel only uses 24 of them to hold the
                  colour information, which means that the colour depth is 24, not
                  32.

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