X at OLS
Posted Jul 23, 2004 9:07 UTC (Fri) by emlix
Parent article: X at OLS
Year by year Keith Packard is brabbing around about what-a-no has to be
done for the X11 server. But down to reality he is still producing
nothing more than adding about 5 undocumented constantly changing X11 protocol extensions on top of a fundamentally broken system without
ever fixing anything else.
1. Why there are still BDF font files around. The X11 server has freetype2
2. Why isn't it possible to change any configuration parameters dynamically?
3. Why do I still always have to kill the server on logout?
4. The new font extensions are still done by people not proficient in other languages then english. They still think it is a good idea to differentiate
between glyph and character. Boys we have unicode and it works.
He is apparently hiling DRI. That's naive. The kernel side of it doesn't
trully look like a UNIX device driver at all. It's not documented and there
are neraly zero chances new drivers will be ever developed using this
interface since apparently the original authors left it orphaned. And indeed there is just a very modest amount of maintainance done on the
kernel side of things here.
X11 is doomed. However it will survive, since CPUs are getting faster and
it's after all still possible to use it as a very complicated frame buffer
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