Re: GGI, EGCS/PGCC, Kernel source

Michael Schmitz (
Fri, 27 Feb 1998 17:13:06 -0500 (EST)

Wow! Linus himself ACTUALLY told me NO! WOW! Gotta save this mail to show
my kids.. Then in history class they can say 'Dad actually got a reply
from Linux once!!'.

I agree there should be that ability (to have 7 mince assoiated with one
display).. There needs to be functionality to say these input devs, output
devs, and processes are assoiated..

Just like how you can assoiate a number of block devices into a MD device,
or alises on an ethernet device.. (I'm sure there are better examples)

I dont recall anyone saying that there could only be one keyboard and
mouse per display.. If I said that, please excuse me, I didn't intend

Furthermore, I dont represent the GGI people.. I just agree with them.. :)

So even if the GGI people were perposing to have a 1mouse-1kbd-1display
relationship (Which they are not! one of the goals is to make all
sorts of weird input devices work (or so I've heard)).. if it was designed
well it could be just expanded to a N*N^N relation..

On Fri, 27 Feb 1998, Linus Torvalds wrote:

> On Fri, 27 Feb 1998 wrote:
> >
> > On 27 Feb 1998, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> >
> > > Why is GGI messing around with the keyboard at all? I wasn't convinced
> > > about GGI before, but messing around with a keyboard makes me less and
> > > less optimistic about the dang thing.
> > >
> > > Linus
> >
> > Multiconsole Support.
> No, thank you very much.
> I certainly support the notion of multiple consoles, but I do NOT support
> the totally braindamaged notion that this would imply a tighter coupling
> between keyboard/mouse/graphics.
> I can see multiple mice for the same display, and multiple displays for
> the same mouse. In short, there is NO linkage at all between the display
> and the keyboard, any more than there is a linkage between the display and
> a serial line or the display and a sound card.
> In short, I'd suggest tge GGI people reconsider quickly if they really
> expect em to ever consider them seriously.
> > GGI/Evstack seems to be evolving into a new IO subsystem (console wise
> > atlest) which is not a bad thing considering how tightly the two devices
> > are intertwined.
> I really don't see any tightness there at all. There's a question of
> "echo" in text mode of a keyboard, but that's a fairly separate issue and
> should be considered such.
> Linus

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