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SubjectRe: The new X-Kernel !
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On Sunday 21 October 2001 10:33, Jonathan Morton wrote:
> Probably because they don't know the difference between kernel and
> user space. Kinda understandable when you come from a Mac or Windows
> background, where (in the former) there is no distinction or (in the
> latter) it's so blurred as to make little difference.
>
> And if they *do* understand it, from a dispassionate point of view,
> it does seem to make sense to put graphics drivers in the kernel -
> they're implemented as "device drivers" in every other desktop OS.
> Except MacOS X, where's it's an application layer like glibc, but
> nobody understand OS X yet beyond the hardest of developers.
>
We have the AGP, DRM and framebuffer drivers in the kernel anyway. It would
make sense to do all the autodetection in kernelspace, and let the info be
available to the X-server. I would love to kill all the hardware specific
stuff in /etc/XF86Config, especially the keyboard and mouse stuff that
belongs in or near the kernel.
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