Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 20th Apr 2008 12:52 UTC, submitted by Michael Larabel
X11, Window Managers Have you ever been annoyed by Linux' lack of a coherent graphical boot process? Graphics hardware causing problems during sleep/wake cycles? Problematic virtual terminal switches? Kernel-based mode-setting, a new feature of Xorg still in heavy development aims to solve many of these problems by moving the mode-setting code from the user-space X driver into the Linux kernel. Phoronix takes a look at this new feature.
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Security considerations
by dannytm on Sun 20th Apr 2008 19:51 UTC
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2008-04-20

According to keithp's talk at lca2008 kernel mode-setting should also make it possible to run the X server without special privileges.

http://mirror.linux.org.au/pub/linux.conf.au/2008/slides/165-intel-...
http://mirror.linux.org.au/pub/linux.conf.au/2008/Fri/mel8-165.ogg

This is a huge development in terms of security because until now a large amount of user space code had more privileges than it ought to have.

http://marc.info/?l=openbsd-misc&m=114738577123893&w=2

Eventually kernel mode-setting should also find it's way in other platforms in the future.

http://blogs.sun.com/alanc/date/20070204

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