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Ubuntu Nearing X Server Not Running as Root
on Fri 25th Jun 2010 22:21 UTC
Based upon a recent email to the X.Org developers' mailing list, Canonical is nearing the point of one of their goals for Ubuntu 10.10 of a rootless X Server, or being able to run the X.Org Server without root privileges.
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RE: Big deal...
on Sat 26th Jun 2010 19:13 UTC in reply to "
RE: Big deal...
Xorg is one of the best piece of technology available in Linux.
As a former Linux user, I find this insulting for my previous OS of choice. There is great tech in the Linux world, sure : JACK, networkmanager, udev, APT... "
Well, out of that list, really only JACK and apt are noteworthy. The rest are just kludges on top of missing kernel features. Other OSes have better solutions that Linux is still catching up with.
But X.org is *not* among them.
X11 most definitely *is* one of the greatest pieces of OSS available for Unix-like systems.
it kills all apps when it crashes,
Yes, that is an issue.
its standard widgets (Motif) haven't been updated for ages,
Do any modern apps still use Motif?
leading to appearance of a bunch of incompatible toolkits...
And how is this any different from Windows or MacOS X??
And let's not consider the time it took to get mouse hot-plugging working.
Mouse hot-plugging in X11 has worked on non-Linux OSes for many many many years (FreeBSD has had moused (/dev/sysmouse) support since the early 3.x days, for example). Don't blame X11 for a shortcoming of Linux.
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