Re: replacing X Window System !

From: linux cbon
Date: Wed May 17 2006 - 07:47:04 EST


X Window System has many problems affecting directly
the kernel.
-Many current implementations of X manipulate the
video hardware directly.
-X deliberately contains no specification as to user
interface or most inter-application communication.
-The X protocol provides no facilities for handling
-Until recently, X did not include a good solution to
print screen-displays.
-One cannot currently detach an X client or session
from one server and reattach it to another.

I would add :
-X needs to be root so it opens many security holes.
-X has more code than the kernel and it is almost an
OS in itself.
-if a "closed-source" graphical card driver has
security holes, what do you do ?

Some people are working on replacement like Y windows

There are some questions like :
- should the next generation window versions Y,Z etc.
remain backward compatible with X ?
I think they should start something better and simpler
from scratch and not backward compatible.
- should the kernel remain pure "shell" or include
some basic universal graphical universal window system
I think second answer.


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