Hardware Detection for GNU/Linux
c.gatzemeier at tu-bs.de
Thu Jun 3 12:56:03 EEST 2004
Am Wednesday 02 June 2004 22:48 schrieb Josh Triplett:
> I have written an informal design specification of a hardware detection
> and configuration system for GNU/Linux.
Thank you! I've looked for info on utopia before but did give up since the
info seemed so scattered. The document now gives a nice overview.
Under "Reviewing and Configuring Current Hardware" the problematic with past
efforts for configuration utilities is nicely explained. This struck me as
particulary interesting because I once put together the wiki page for a
potential solution for this.
Maybe you've come across the xdg-list discussion about a common configuration
There are already multiple possible alternatives, and I don't want to say that
the API Config4GNU has so far should just be adopted, but I'd say its layered
and modular concept for a unifyed config representation is very well worth
investigating. For communication it seems to me that building on D-BUS like
the Hardware Detection iself instead of using Config4GNUs current
implementation may be a good idea.
An overwiew over the Config4GNU (or CFG for short) layers and architecture is
available on http://freedesktop.org/Software/CFG . Hopefully together with
the CfgFAQ, that is also on the wiki, the concepts and benefits get exposed.
It would be great if general configuration and automatic hardware
detection/configuration could work hand in hand.
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