Re: Video drivers and the kernel

From: Timur Tabi (
Date: Wed Feb 14 2001 - 11:55:42 EST

** Reply to message from "Albert D. Cahalan" <> on Wed, 14
Feb 2001 01:09:10 -0500 (EST)

> Both options cause political troubles. Currently the X server is
> shared with OS/2 and other crummy systems. If the Linux kernel had
> serious video drivers for PC hardware, then driver support for the
> other operating systems would mostly go away. Linux would become
> a better desktop OS, at the expense of various crummy systems.

First of all, I'm object to calling OS/2 a "crummy system". There are still
some things that OS/2 can do better than Linux. But I don't want to get into a
flame war.

More importantly, just because the drivers move into the kernel doesn't mean
that other OS's can't be supported. A video driver could be compiled for the
kernel on Linux, but be compiled as something else for other OS's. In fact, on
OS/2, a special driver is provided with XFree86 that effectively allows the X
Server to run with the same capabilities as an OS/2 device driver. In fact, by
strict standards, it's a security and reliability loophole, but it still works
pretty well.

So I wouldn't worry about OS/2. If we can port your audio drivers, we can port

xBSD, on the other hand, ....

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