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Xi Graphics' Proprietary X Server, Drivers Have Faded Away

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Published on 02 August 2012 09:11 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org
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Xi Graphics, the company that once developed proprietary X Servers and graphics drivers for Linux and UNIX platforms, has faded away.

Going back to the early 90's there was Xi Graphics Inc that specialized in creating high-performance X Servers and graphics drivers for Linux/UNIX. Their proprietary Accelerated-X product was compliant against X11R6.4 and was licensed to a range of major companies, universities, and individuals for its features and performance. They also developed their own in-house graphics drivers for different hardware (namely early ATI hardware), which they claimed to be the fastest.

Among the advertised features for their products was hardware-accelerated support for multiple displays / stretched displays, support for IBM AIX, SPARC support, and "Our ATI graphics support has been the fastest on UNIX/Linux for years. No kidding."

Their drivers supported hardware like the ATI R300 GPUs and earlier, the 3Dlabs Wildcat and Permedia graphics cards, and old Matrox and S3/VIA products.

It's been several years since hearing anything about Xi Graphics but yesterday a Phoronix reader wrote in about Xi, which brought back memories.

At the Xi Graphics web-site, their outdated web-site says they ceased developing graphics drivers and licensing its software products for the UNIX/Linux market on a per-computer system basis. All they do now is license their "Accelerated-X" implementation to organizations that are capable of writing their own DDX drivers for their hardware. So you can get their proprietary X Server, but you need to write your own hardware drivers for the platform.

However, it's unknown if they still even do the Accelerated-X licensing. With the advancements of open-source graphics drivers in recent years, the binary AMD / NVIDIA Linux drivers continuing to advance, and the X.Org Server slowly but surely advancing, Xi Graphics' products have lost their relevance since the XFree86 days.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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