[ILUG] question of the day...
airlied at csn.ul.ie
Fri Aug 27 05:18:51 IST 2004
>  Obviously, some codebases are more vital to a system and central to
> its function than others. One used to argue that proprietary X
> servers weren't a major compromise because they ran in userspace.
> Unfortunately, 3D cards have a large kernelspace component, whose bugs
> so polluted LKML threads in recent years that an entire tracking system
> to detect and _reject_ reports from users with "tainted" kernelspaces.
> So, want everything you say about bugs to be ignored by the kernel
> people? Easy, just run the Nvidia drivers.
but if you follow what is happening in the Lk and graphics circles, you'll
realise what we are heading for, which is drmcon (fbcon running on drm)
running a standalone OpenGL renderer running Kdrive, you'll be able to get
oops out over X as the drm will be in charge of everything, no mroe mixed
fb/drm/X crap, it'll all work but based on the drm as the bottom..
Also on licenses the DRM is currently BSD so guess what the new system
will probably be (yup BSD...) mainly so we can re-use it in FreeBSD and
then vendors can build their own drivers into it and easily work on both
Linux and FreeBSD.. this is the big dream of the Linux graphics people,
granted making it into a reality will be a major crap fight..
David Airlie, Software Engineer
http://www.skynet.ie/~airlied / airlied at skynet.ie
pam_smb / Linux DECstation / Linux VAX / ILUG person
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