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SubjectRe: New proposed DRM interface design
Dave Jones wrote:

> There's already a per-distro mechanism to make all this all nice and
> transparent to end-users. In Fedora, we even have 3 (apt-get/yum/up2date).
> The problem is when 3rd parties like the DRI project expect users not to
> use the tools they are familiar with, and expect them to run off to fetch
> bits from websites and replace random bits of their system.
> Who do you think gets the support calls and blame when the X server breaks
> because the user bodged it ?

I think they get shared out pretty evenly between dri-users and your lot. We
all agree there's a problem, I'm happy to do what it takes to move towards a

In the past, redhat & other vendors have only tracked XFree86 release cycles,
which weren't exactly timely, and in the most recent instance, didn't even
include an up-to-date DRI. Although we've mainly been bitching about the
kernel, the real drag has been userspace updates.

So, we are coming out of a period of history where it was extremely difficult
to get our drivers to users through the 'official' channels - to the extent
that many people have given up on the possibility of them working properly.
Maybe things will improve now.

Are you suggesting for instance, that RedHat might pick up individual drivers
out of Xorg or better still Mesa, rather than waiting for a full stable
release? That would probably be the biggest help - by comparison kernel
releases are very frequent.


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