Xserver driver merging pros & cons

Chase Douglas chase.douglas at canonical.com
Fri Sep 16 09:11:53 PDT 2011

On 09/16/2011 09:00 AM, Peter Hutterer wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 08:35:21AM -0700, Chase Douglas wrote:
>> On 09/16/2011 06:25 AM, Peter Hutterer wrote:
>>> which - for now - at least rules out input driver merging. evdev and
>>> synaptics could benefit from some shared code but the effort involved and
>>> the potential loss of testers against old releases make me shy away from it
>>> right now.
>> I think there's still benefit in being able to target only one server
>> release in each branch. The input modules have been 2-3 times larger at
>> times because of dealing with older ABIs and servers. This makes things
>> harder to maintain, and creates extra barriers to new development.
> Right, but we can easily do that without merging the drivers too and ditch
> old ABIs whenever they become too cumbersome.

Fair enough.

-- Chase

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