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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If Linux would step and and actually settle on stable APIs or god forbid a stable ABI for some of these things then maybe other people would follow them.

Hahahaha. In the bad old Xfree86 days, Xfree86 had a stable API. In fact, it was so stable that nobody had been able to implement significant improvements for over a decade. This is why the Nvidia people gave up on them and wrote their *own* 2d acceleration framework for their linux drivers, and they wrote their *own* kernel acceleration infrastructure for their linux drivers.

At the moment there are no stable APIs being defined by linux. That's a central theme.

The innability for Linux (or any other unix) to set (or stick to) standards is the reason why this sort of thing has lagged for over a decade.

Actually, no. The fact that Xfree86 was run by a**hats who had no clue of how to run a project, scared away all their developers, and did jack to actually improve the state of the art is the reason that this has lagged for over a decade.

The willingness of the Linux people to break their API and get things working is why they're able to do kernel modesetting at all -- kernel modesetting is yet another API and ABI break for the Xorg drivers that want to take advantage of it. It's a significant change to DRI.

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