[Xorg] The big multiconsole nasty

Jon Smirl jonsmirl at yahoo.com
Tue Jul 6 13:48:41 PDT 2004

--- Michael L Torrie <torriem at chem.byu.edu> wrote:
> On Tue, 2004-07-06 at 12:17, Jon Smirl wrote:
> > --- Keith Packard <keithp at keithp.com> wrote:
> > > 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'
> > 
> > Other areas to consider:
> > 
> > 1) If we stop doing things in user mode, X doesn't have to run as
> root
> > any more.
> Would you expect all other OSs out there (windows, freebsd, etc) to
> also
> provide this kernel-level support?  Or will X become linux-only?

X just needs to be changed to call a separate library for this stuff.
On Linux this library would be small and use a lot of kernel functions.
On other OS's this library would be much larger. 

A good way to start is to split off the current X code into a
standalone library. For OS's without the kernel support they would
continue to use this existing code that has been moved to the library.
Once the library interface is determined, we can build a Linux version
that relies on the kernel for most things.

Jon Smirl
jonsmirl at yahoo.com

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