Re: Video card questions...

Albert Cahalan (
Fri, 3 Jan 1997 07:04:34 -0500 (EST)

From: "David S. Miller" <>
>>> First: Why would you WANT more than 1 video card? no real need.
>> Upcoming versions of Microsoft Windows will likely support this.
>> If Linux does not, it will slip farther from acceptance as a
>> desktop OS in the cubicle zone.
> Linux already supports it, on the Sparc at least. The Intel doesn't
> support multiple heads yet? Come on guys, I'm the young port, you
> need to do some catching up ;-)

I note that the Sparc has video support in the kernel.
The Intel kernel lacks that basic feature, so X and other
things run as root to bang the hardware directly. That
is usually considered a Bad Thing in a secure multi-everything
environment. See for a
project which hopes to fix the situation - yes, an X server
does exist for i386 kernel graphics. Help is highly desired.