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Luc Calls For A Dead Linux Desktop If Keith Gets His Way

Sep 17, 2010, 22:02 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Larabel)

"Back in February at FOSDEM in Brussels, Luc made a presentation on modularizing Mesa and DRI drivers, which ended up in a very heated discussion but ultimately his ideas fell on deaf ears. With X.Org Server 1.10, Keith Packard of Intel has expressed interest in merging the drivers back into the server, or in other words de-modularizing the X.Org Server after it was modularized a few years ago as being a feature.

"Luc is very much in starch opposition to moving X.Org drivers back into the X Server to the point that he believes if the drivers are pulled back into the server that the Linux desktop will die. Those in favor of merging the drivers back into the xorg-server want this done so that they can more easily break the API/ABI and make such changes without worrying of backwards compatibility. Merging the drivers back in would also cause much more upstream testing of the xorg-server since most GPU developers will now be forced to rebuild the xorg-server quite often."

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