[Xorg] The big multiconsole nasty
keithp at keithp.com
Tue Jul 6 09:48:01 PDT 2004
Around 13 o'clock on Jul 6, Egbert Eich wrote:
> When you are talking about kernel partition you tie yourself to a single
> OS - not necessarily a single architecture. This is what worries me a little
Which is why I'd like to see some experimentation in this area. We've
discovered several places where the current 'everything in user mode' just
can't work (interrupt routing, PCI reconfiguration among others). The
question is precisely where the boundary should be drawn and how the
kernel interfaces should be designed.
I'm not sure we know the right answer yet, so providing a mechanism for
experimentation from which the X server remains aloof will allow various
techniques to be explored without affecting the overall system
We can also design the kernel interfaces in such a way as to improve
portability across operating systems; the DRI system requires kernel
support and yet runs on BSD and Linux (at least).
Let's keep our options open, let developers experiment and see what
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