[ANNOUNCE] xf86-input-fpit 1.4.0

Peter Hutterer peter.hutterer at who-t.net
Mon Jun 27 17:46:25 PDT 2011

On Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 01:03:32AM +0200, Piotr Gluszenia Slawinski wrote:
> >the "standard" is pretty much defined by what the driver can take. If it
> >can't parse the protocol then the device is rather useless anyway.
> >but really, writing a serial kernel driver is rather trivial and has a
> >higher chance of actually working long-term than dragging the old input
> >drivers along.
> as long as it'll be maintained, well written,  and pulled into
> mainline at all ;)
> now i also realized that as fpit driver uses just serial port,
> it could be perhaps just translated in software , and simple
> userspace translator similiar to how ppl used joysticks in thinkpads
> (i recall it was sth like gpm relay) could be used . this way
> relatively simple code would be created requiring no periodic
> mainteance, interfacing with more 'standard' X input driver.

once it's in the kernel, the kernel driver will fulfill exactly those
imo software that doesn't require maintainance is a pipe-dream though.


> then one of obstacles here is that fpit has no gpm driver ;)
> but it's just general idea for possibly making such devices least
> mainteance-labour consuming in future and not requirin destabilising
> whole system by introducing third party kernel drivers written by
> lazy and unqualified ppl ;)

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