I still remember seeing the first Utah GLX demos and thinking 3D was on its way to be solved. What a fool I was. After all this years I feel the GFX Linux developers suffer from a perpetual alpha mindset. Stuff is started, advances enough to be used on some dev systems and be demoed at a few conferences, then is declared "not good enough" and killed before it reaches most user systems (because if actual users were exposed to it, they may file issues and demand that the result is minimally maintained, and it's much more comfortable to just work on new prototypes after new prototypes). Other systems (wireless) have gone through several API rewrites in-tree while graphic developpers where still debating is something should be merged at all. While the wireless rewrites have been painful they've been a lot less painful than having them happen out-of-tree. So please just merge something. If it needs to be rewritten it will be rewritten, and the rewrite will be painful, but at least users will have something to use in the meanwhile, and they won't have to fish for new alpha code all over the internet.
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