Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Feb 2006 18:21 UTC, submitted by GhePeU
X11, Window Managers David Reveman of Novell shares his thoughts on Xgl, Metacity, and more."I've been getting a lot of mail from people asking me about my thoughts on AIGLX, the GL compositing work being done on Metacity and nVidia's xdevconf paper. Instead of replying to everyone individually, I though I'd send a mail to the Xorg list."
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Both seem like good solutions
by robojerk on Thu 23rd Feb 2006 19:38 UTC
robojerk
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2006-01-10

I'm afraid I am a little technically challenged so please correct me if I'm wrong but from my understanding xgl is a replacement X server and AIGLX is a plugin for X.

If I'm right in my understanding then both seem like logical paths to me as long as support is there.

The sad part is I wish all the hardware vendors made high quality drivers. If the author is correct and AIGLX will only support high quality video drivers (only nvidia) then the AIGLX model has little support for alternate hardware and needs to write their plugin to support non high quality video card drivers. Either way both still sound like good solutions but I just don't like being limited to what hardware or desktop environment.

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abraxas Member since:
2005-07-07

The sad part is I wish all the hardware vendors made high quality drivers. If the author is correct and AIGLX will only support high quality video drivers (only nvidia) then the AIGLX model has little support for alternate hardware and needs to write their plugin to support non high quality video card drivers

What is funny is that Nvidia's drivers are not yet supported by AIGLX but some DRI drivers are (namely ATI and some Intel drivers). There seems to be more non-working drivers for AIGLX and less features for AIGLX at the present time. This will most certainly change but when?

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/RenderingProject/aiglx

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robojerk Member since:
2006-01-10

Yeah, I saw that.. AIGLX sounds good but where is the support? W/O support what good is it? The author might be making an extreme case stating currently nothing supports it but the project might be planning to make it more flexible in the future so more drivers can support it in the future. Or maybe they are extreme nvidia fans?

Dont get me wrong I am a Nvidia customer myself but I wouldn't write something like this if only 1 brand of hardware could utulize it. Either we are missing some more info about AIGLX support plans in the future or Red Hat has decided Nvidia will be the only choice.

Actually, since Nvidia actually makes decent drivers for their products for linux I guess they kind of are the only choice for linux desktop users.

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