[PATCH] Remove XAA

Matt Turner mattst88 at gmail.com
Sun Jan 22 14:47:22 PST 2012

On Sun, Jan 22, 2012 at 4:01 PM, Daniel Stone <daniel at fooishbar.org> wrote:
> Hi,
> On 22 January 2012 14:33, Mark Kettenis <mark.kettenis at xs4all.nl> wrote:
>> No way!  XAA works for accelerated scrolling and makes a significant
>> difference on slow CPUs.  It often works better for EXA.  If there is
>> something that should be removed it's that since very few drivers actually
>> have working EXA support.
> 'very few drivers' ... which cover about 99% of our userbase if you
> just look at the big three.  But anyway, even if you don't think any
> metric which gives equal weighting to xf86-video-intel as to
> xf86-video-imstt is absolutely pointless, there are 12 drivers that we
> ship ported to EXA.
>> Deliberately breaking drivers without giving people a chance to fix them
>> isn't fair.  Because of the current development model of Xorg people may
>> not notice that stuff is broken for more than six months.
> If you read the mail you're replying to, you'll note that I
> specifically advocated holding off the merge so the drivers could be
> fixed.  Although if no-one even notices for six months or more, I
> think that tells you quite a lot about the state of the driver, its
> maintenance, and its usage.
> Cheers,
> Daniel

I like killing code, but I don't understand how killing the XAA code
helps us (other than killing code).

Clearly they're not very important, but some hardware can't do EXA.
I'm not going to claim there are defensible reasons for using these
cards -- except perhaps in the cases of hardware like newport and the


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