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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tyrione
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2005-11-21

"X is *cough* rotten *cough*.

No. Hibernation *does* work in Linux. I'll prove it right now by hibernating my laptop and restarting it. There. See? It worked! What you are forgetting is the huge volume of disparate, broken hardware out there that has been "fixed" by the manufacturer with a Windows driver update. That's what makes hibernation so difficult to solve in a general way. Confining low level control of the video hardware to user space, while depending upon the kernel to do the hibernate/wake up is a recipe for unreliability across the broad range of commodity hardware available.

I would not trade X for any other display system available. And I continue to be puzzled by the tendency of some to unjustly criticize it at every opportunity. What's rotten, and has been for a long time, is the fact that, for whatever reason, control of the basic state of the display hardware has been shunned by the kernel devs.

Don't get me wrong. The complex stuff belongs in user space. But responsibility for something so basic as setting the graphics mode lies squarely within the domain of the OS kernel.

We've been talking about something like this for at least 11 years. Linus rejected the original GGI out of hand back in 1997 or so. And here we are just getting this functionality which has been so sorely lacking for so long. And the delay was certainly no fault of X's.
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Give me Quartz/WindowServer from OS X on Linux in a heartbeat.

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sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

"[q]X is *cough* rotten *cough*.

I would not trade X for any other display system available
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Give me Quartz/WindowServer from OS X on Linux in a heartbeat. [/q]

You're out of your mind. I assert that X is superior to quartz in every technical respect. If I were an OS maker using X as my display technology with a finite, known set of hardware as the target I could give you the *exact same* or *better* experience, compared to that found on OS X, without difficulty.

Just because Apple makes their system work well does not mean it is superior, just that it can be made to work well.

Let me say it clearly for those who don't seem to understand: X is good and it's not going anywhere. Fixes to its problems can and are being made without throwing it out. A better system is *possible* to construct, but *really* difficult to do properly. In reality no better system is likely to be adopted within at least a decade.

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drahca Member since:
2006-02-23

I assert that X is superior to quartz in every technical respect.


That is a pretty bold statement. Could you maybe show some sort of argument here as to why X is superior in every technical aspect to Quartz?

X is being fixed, but it needed fixing badly. There was and still mostly is no working acceleration framework for the RENDER extension. Sure we have EXA now but it does not work on most hardware and when it does it is slower than doing stuff in software. E.g. text rendering speed is less than optimal to say it mildy. They are fixing this, but we will have to wait another year or so to really see some improvements here.

Let me say it clearly for those who don't seem to understand: X is good and it's not going anywhere.


X is finally going somewhere! Things are moving along now, work is being done to address the most serious issues. X is finally catching up to comparable technologies. I would call X as it stands today as sufficient, but nowhere near excellent. Kernel modesetting is an incredible important step towards fixing some longstanding stability and security issues. Together with working EXA, hot-plugging, compositing, color management, TTM, DRI2, and many other exciting developments, X is getting in good shape.

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