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

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.

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

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