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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siki_miki
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2006-01-17

Xorg isn't removing anything that would make BSD's or Solaris stop using it.

However, there are additions which make the graphical system more advanced in Linux. If others don't want to apply that strategy, it's their choice to continue with the old way of running X/DRI.

That said, I'm sure that eventually someone will pop up to implement or port kernel part of new DRI to BSD's and other systems. Maybe it's even better to wait util it becomes solid enough on Linux (also there is no need to have exact the same thing, e.g. nvidia and ATI have their own frameworks that easily plug in into the X).

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Maybe it's even better to wait util it becomes solid enough on Linux...

It is worth noting that the kernel interface to X is part of the userspace api, which is sacrosanct, so the alarmist FUD that someone was trying to spread earlier about Linux not guaranteeing a stable (internal) API is totally irrelevant to this situation. Once the API is in place, it will always maintain backward compatibility.

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