Keeping up with the Kroah-Hartmans (who upgrade without notice)
Posted Aug 3, 2006 14:57 UTC (Thu) by Sho
In reply to: Keeping up with the Kroah-Hartmans (who upgrade without notice)
Parent article: New kernels and old distributions
(a) HAL stands for 'Hardware Abstraction Layer'. According to its website, HAL currently depends on Linux 2.6.15 or later, as well as on udev and D-Bus. While the idea behind an abstraction layer is obviously in line with trying to get it to work on multiple backend platforms, in practice, HAL is presently tied to Linux.
(b) HAL is desktop-agnostic. It's not part of the Gnome desktop platform. HAL is hosted on Freedesktop.org. Several of the projects that participate in the Freedesktop.org effort make active use of HAL, notably KDE and Gnome.
(c) HAL does not depend on the X Window System.
Couple of links:
HAL website: http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software_2fhal
HAL 0.5.8 Specification: http://webcvs.freedesktop.org/hal/hal/doc/spec/hal-spec.h...
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