jesse at eloquentpeasant.net
Sun Jul 20 12:29:50 PDT 2008
On Sunday 20 July 2008 12:05:53 Chuck Robey wrote:
I am not an X guru, but I think I can help with these questions. Corrections are welcome from those who know better.
> What's a dix?
Device Independent X. It's the architechtural layer of the X server that handles the general state management, and any other tasks that are not hardware dependant.
> Second, I never heard of a kdrive
Kdrive was an embedded version of the Xserver. It used a very, very thin abstraction layer to allow developing Xservers for low memory environments. Used for testing new stuff as well. As I understand it the basic architecture of Kdrive has been folded back into the X server, as well as some of the things developed on it, like EXA.
> Lastly, xephyr.
Xephyr is a nested (displays as a window) Xserver, replacing Xnest because the new architecture of the X server at large lets it implement more extensions by using the same code as other hardware. This won't really help develop input drivers unless the input devices can be witheld from your main X server.
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