[Xorg] Keyboard drivers: kbd vs. keyboard

Egbert Eich eich at pdx.freedesktop.org
Tue Jul 6 02:42:19 PDT 2004

The reason for keeping this driver around was I think that the 
other driver doesn't support all OSes X supports. 
Before we make such a change we need to make sure that we don't
deprive certain people of their keyboard.


Kristian Høgsberg writes:
 > Hi,
 > I was looking at the keyboard driver situation, and I was wondering why 
 > we keep the legacy, built-in keyboard driver around,
 > I made a patch[1] to remove the "keyboard" driver, which among other 
 > things removes os specific xf86KbdLnx.c and others from xfree86/common, 
 > removes all sorts special cases around initialization, and in general 
 > removes much keyboard logic from xfree86/common and 4300 lines in total.
 > I chose to rename the modular "kbd" driver to "keyboard" so old config 
 > files should continue to work.
 > I think this is worthwhile, but what are the cons?  It's such a 
 > low-hanging fruit; there must be a good reason the legacy driver is 
 > still used.
 > Kristian
 > [1] http://freedesktop.org/~krh/remove-legacy-keyboard.patch
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