Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 30th Sep 2003 05:20 UTC
General Development In the dawn of the renovation of's web site, David Zeuthen announced the release of HAL 0.1. HAL is an implementation of a hardware abstraction layer, as defined by Havoc Pennington's paper. It encompasses a shared library for use in applications, a daemon, a hotplug tool, command line tools and a set of stock device info files. Carlos Perelló Marín also announced the design of a similar concept, but it is expected the two projects to merge. More people are encouraged to join this innovative project. Elsewhere, Gnome's Seth Nickell is giving us a first taste of his effort to replace the Init system.
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by Charlie on Tue 30th Sep 2003 14:36 UTC


Gnome 2.4 works just fine on my Celeron 733. And it works just fine on my friends P2-400. With the latest kernel sources (development ones) it's equal responsively to Win (2k/XP/whatever). I think it's actually better but that is subjective.

Havoc Pennington is a clever guy. Most Gnome devs are clever guys. I think, oGalaxyo, you are being rather pretentious with your attitude. They would not mandate something stupid. As for speed/efficiency impacts... where is it? I'm pretty sure it's impact on footprint and speed will not be noticable at all.

WRT to the init replacement; this has been a long time coming. A Linux system should get into the GUI in <20s and the queued init system is one of the major reasons Linux systems take so long to boot into the login manager.