[Xcb] Thinking towards 7.6 katamari, including xcb

Barton C Massey bart at cs.pdx.edu
Tue Oct 27 15:16:49 PDT 2009

In message <1256587809-sup-782 at keithp.com> you wrote:
> I can't support a 6 month cycle in my video driver, and I doubt other
> video drivers could either; hardware changes too fast. If the video
> drivers are to be re-integrated into the server, we'll need some
> compromise in how often the X server is released.

Perhaps just not integrate drivers for new hardware until
they stabilize?  AFAIK most of our customers and most of our
drivers are fairly legacy, and those should be fine with a
six month cycle.  In the meantime, you could do driver point
releases for the new hardware.

An interesting architectural issue here is the shift from
having a driver per chipset to a driver per family; it's
harder to do split development when all the chipsets are
supported in the "intel" or "radeon" driver.  But factoring
the common stuff and adding an extra layer sounds like a lot
of work and extra complexity.

Anyway, what do I know?


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