[Xorg] The big multiconsole nasty

Keith Packard keithp at keithp.com
Mon Jul 5 17:37:31 PDT 2004

Around 15 o'clock on Jul 5, Egbert Eich wrote:

> We could probalby stick a large amount of this into the kernel and make 85
> to 90 percent of the users happy. The reason why I don't advocate this but
> instead suggest to try to do as much as possible from user land is that I
> don't want to make the other 10 to 15 percent unhappy by giving them the
> finger.

My position here is to avoid taking a position -- migrate the existing mode
selection logic behind a new API and get the X server running on top of 
that.  This shouldn't cause any portability regressions, and will offer 
individual driver authors the opportunity to experiment with different 
user/kernel partitions without forcing everyone to choose a single 

Given that some cards will (always?) require user-mode support, we'll have
to provide all of the necessary hooks to grant kernel mode drivers access
to this logic, so there's no benefit in pushing anyone to migrate right


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