Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Jan 2011 22:04 UTC
Xfce When we reported on the release of Xfce 4.8, we ignored a statement inside the release announcement about the lack of new features coming to the BSD world. The statement was a bit disconnected from the rest of the press release, but Xfce developer Jannis Pohlmann has published a blog post giving a few more details about the issue.
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RE[3]: dbus
by Carewolf on Thu 20th Jan 2011 22:08 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: dbus"
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Well, the real problem is that udev doesn't actually do any of the things that HAL was primarly used for. For that you need a rather wide range of other new special-purpose services like upower, udisks, unameit, etc.

A KDE developer working on porting solid from HAL to udev complained about this, and how there was a still a few things done by HAL which didn't even have new interfaces. In the new "udev" backend, they had to implement direct parsing of linux /proc files to support features that previously came through HAL. Stuff like that makes "udev" implementation much less portable.

If I may rant it bit, it seems GNOME developers in their eternal wisdom and continued strugle to make everything clean and pretty, forgot to implement anything useful from HAL into udev before they decided to deprecate HAL.

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