Re: replacing X Window System !

From: alan
Date: Tue May 16 2006 - 18:18:39 EST

On Tue, 16 May 2006, linux cbon wrote:


I know it may not be the best place, sorry for that.

X Window System is old, not optimized, slow, not
secure (uses root much), accesses the video hardware
directly (thats the kernel's job !), it cannot do VNC,

The question is : what are your ideas to make a system
remplacing X Window System ?

I think that linux kernel should contain a very basic
and universal Window System module (which could also
work on Unixes and BSDs) to replace X, etc.

What do you think about this ?

This is a topic that comes up every year or so. Every year the result is the same. It is not going to happen.

First of all, your assumptions are incorrect. Modern versions of X are not old, unoptimised, will do remote sessions, etc.

There are a couple of very hard problems here.

First you have to come up with a design that is better than X. That is pretty hard. Next you have to convince all the programmers to port their code over to use your new spiffy API. That is even harder.

Until you have a working model, or at least a design, you can blue-sky all you want. It won't get anywhere and just waste other people's electrons.

"Waiter! This lambchop tastes like an old sock!" - Sheri Lewis
To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to majordomo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
More majordomo info at
Please read the FAQ at