Xserver needs to run as "root" on Linux / was: Re: [Xorg] Server side widgets

Torgeir Veimo torgeir at pobox.com
Tue Jul 13 04:01:06 PDT 2004

On Mon, 2004-07-12 at 11:29 -0700, Jon Smirl wrote:
> e idea being discussed is to use the kernel for login. Something like
> SysReq or Ctrl-Alt-Del would be used to interrupt the kernel. The
> kernel would then draw the login screen using a device drivers like
> drm/fbdev. As part of the login process the ownership of the device
> node would be transfered to the logged-in user.

Wouldn't it be better to leave control to a separate program after a
sys-req event, like init, and use a special run-level? A separate
program could then handle both text mode and graphical login?

Torgeir Veimo <torgeir at pobox.com>

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