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Ubuntu Nearing X Server Not Running as Root
on Fri 25th Jun 2010 22:21 UTC
Based upon a recent email to the X.Org developers' mailing list, Canonical is nearing the point of one of their goals for Ubuntu 10.10 of a rootless X Server, or being able to run the X.Org Server without root privileges.
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RE: Big deal...
on Sat 26th Jun 2010 19:04 UTC in reply to "
RE: Big deal...
What does this mean? Well... that even the god damn old XP handles this thing better than X!
Why do people keep saying this? X handles it fine. It's Gtk+ and Qt that are too lazy to implement it properly.
A good way to understand it is to look at how Wayland works. Pretty much all clients do is get events from the server, and give handles to kernel-managed buffers containing the window contents to the server. This means that a client would not even have to know if the server crashed. A new server could just take over on the same socket, and everything would be fine.
The same method is possible with X, it's just that X makes it a lot easier to design your toolkit in such a way that this is not possible... (like how Gtk+ and Qt do it now)
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