Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th May 2008 20:35 UTC, submitted by diegocg
X11, Window Managers The X Windowing System is the graphical backbone of most UNIX-like operating systems (and OpenVMS) - despite lots and lots of criticism, the system has withstood the test of time. Despite its age, development on X has not slowed down - in fact, it only seems to have picked up. A few weeks ago, we had kernel-based mode setting, and today we have the X server running as user instead of root.
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RE: Amazing work!
by kaiwai on Tue 13th May 2008 15:38 UTC in reply to "Amazing work!"
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Hu! Why aren't you guys as giddy as I am? This is amazing work!

For years the X developers have tried so pry X away from the hardware. Finally this comes to fruition! This is not "a hack" to work around the shortcomings of X. This is groundbreaking work for the graphic sublayer of Linux. Finally we can have an X server running /completely/ in user space. Hey, I for one am blown away. Sure, FreeBSD might have had that for years. But my Ubuntu comes with a Linux kernel and for me that is fantastic news.

Along with a flicker free boot process comes now a hassle-free user switching and even multiple X processes, maybe per user. No more "tearing down the whole world just because the X-Server sucks"!

Pardon, what are you getting at? X-Server has always run in user space - user, meaning, executed in a user account with user privileges. what that means, rather than having to execute the server in root, in the future the X-Server can run as its own user, just as one can do with the various daemons - and segregate them off from each other.

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