>I'd really prefer the simplicity of applications using scRGB(16) or other such linear-light colorspace
Would an eight bit linear, standard gamut colorspace be enough of an improvement to be worth implementing? Or does that cause too much loss of color precision relative to 8 bit sRGB?
The main reason of course for supporting 8 bit is the extra resource requirements of 16 bit components, especially in a remoting protocol. Much more extensive and possibly lossy compression would have to be applied to keep up.