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I don't know much about this things but I thought bringing things out of kernel space into user space services is "modern"? So is this really a modern way to handle things? I don't know.
It can look that way but (at least the way I understood it, but I don't know much about the subject) it seems like what they are migrating from user space to kernel is some basic direct hardware access that X was doing before, basic functionality that really belonged in the kernel in the first place.
But even if that is wrong, I have to say that, given the problems this idea might solve, I'm all for it, being it modern or not
It belongs in the kernel, as part of the gfx driver.
Having X11 handle modes (and host drivers) is retarded. Always has been, always will be. Hardware drivers should be tied to the kernel. Having them driven by a user-space app is a kludge at best.
At any rate, this is how BeOS & Haiku do it, and I'm sure countless other OS's out there that don't have their craniums firmly planed up their posteriors.
You could implement an elegant solution in userspace with a display server in a microkernel OS. Or you can do it in userspace with a monolithic kernel as well, but with no integration with other parts of the OS, and it's yet another reason why the program needs to be suid root...
In my opinion, given this context, moving that stuff into the kernel makes plenty of sense.
Hey guys, something just struck me: How would one go if one wanted to change video modes on the fly with this technology ? is it easily accomplished or would it require some weird stuff, or booting or anything ?
Sorry for the probably stupid question, I truly believe it would be painless, but I think I should ask just to be sure.
I imagine you can change settings on the fly, that would in fact be part of the point of sticking the code in the kernel...
Re the comic: Linux has been far more advanced than most other OSs for a while, admittedly it loses out slightly to OpenSolaris, and a Cocoa like GUI system would be nice, but Linux is pretty darn good, and far more modern than Windows. Program Manager anyone (still in sys folder afaik)?