Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 17th Dec 2005 16:33 UTC, submitted by mono
Windows "TechWorld is reporting that Microsoft plans to move graphics outside of the Windows Vista kernel by pulling the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF, formerly codenamed 'Avalon') out of the Vista kernel. MSWatch asked Microsoft for clarification. Here's the official statement: "Because WPF is largely written in managed code on the common language runtime, it never ran in kernel mode."
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RE[6]: ho, nice
by makfu on Sun 18th Dec 2005 05:00 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: ho, nice"
makfu
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2005-12-18

"its a nice way of Microsoft to implicitly state, "the driver manufacturers can't get their shit together, so we're going to take on a large portion of the work involved". "

They did it for that reason, and because they needed to implement a controlled gfx pipeline, video memory management and device virtualization. The new directX kernel mode subsystem is a very sophisticated (I highly recommend reading some of the published documentation, it's really cool stuff) and, well, the old model just wasn't going to cut it going forward.

-Mak

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