How to help on multitouch?

Peter Hutterer peter.hutterer at
Wed Jun 16 18:56:02 PDT 2010

On Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 09:33:34PM -0400, Chase Douglas wrote:
> On Thu, 2010-06-17 at 10:36 +1000, Peter Hutterer wrote:
> > Seriously, I appreciate your eagerness but at the moment your proposals may
> > sound good on paper but the devil's in the detail. You really need to read
> > up on the core protocol spec, the XI and XI2 protocol specs and especially
> > the event processing and grab handling in the server. If after that you
> > haven't committed yourself to a mental institute, feel free to draft up some
> > more plans but when I mentioned this issue is tricky in earlier emails, I
> > wasn't joking. Right now, I don't think your proposals have the required
> > depth.
> Yes, I understand.
> My goal is to try to become well versed in all this as fast as possible.
> I've been trying to piece together bits and pieces from various places
> (internal docs in git repos, random pages on, reading code as fast
> as I can), but it can be rather difficult. You can't found books on X
> design like you can on the kernel :). Thus, figuring out how the entire
> input system of X works as quickly as possible is a challenge.
> So my "proposals" are more like me slinging things at a wall and seeing
> what sticks. I knew going in that nothing I was going to suggest was
> going to be implementable as I originally thought them up, but my hope
> is that I can find a nugget of potential to grow upon.
> I also don't want to go off, read the source, and develop an idea,
> spending quite a bit of time doing so, and come back and realize the
> world (X, gtk, qt) has moved on without me and any ideas I had can't be
> implemented any more.

The solution to this is to stay involved with the ongoing development while
you're learning the details.


> Mostly I am just eager to participate. I hope it's not too much bother,
> and I am going to be spending as much time as I can reading the source
> and any docs I can find.

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