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Backend needing improvements most urgently?


Posted by Yaba on Jul 4 2004
X-Server37%37%37% 37%
Printing (Cups, LPRNG,...)7%7%7% 7%
Scanning (Sane)4%4%4% 4%
Filesharing (NFS, Samba, AFS,...)5%5%5% 5%
Filesystem (including mounting CD-ROMs, Automount,....)6%6%6% 6%
Notebook support (ACPI, Speedstep, Power Now,..)15%15%15% 15%
Additional hardware support7%7%7% 7%
Hot plugging (USB Devices, Firewire, Bluetooth...)17%17%17% 17%
Other2%2%2% 2%
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 What comes after 'X'

 
 by RavenSlay3r2 on: Jul 7 2004
 
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I voted X. The X-server has been a workhorse for decades, but appears to be the least efficent linux/unix componet. The Mac's openGL desktop is really fast AND cool, but doens't support OpenGL.

As a user, I think we need a new GUI-server that works like X (and is backwards compatible to it) but does the same thing in OpenGL (or what ever is next) and does it more efficently.

This has been running through my mind lately, but i don't know much about it yet, so comments appreciated.


Ravenslay3r


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 Re: What comes after

 
 by RavenSlay3r2 on: Jul 8 2004
 
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I ment "but 'X' doesn't support OpenGL" or "mac doesn't support X-apps". either way - u get the idea.


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 Re: What comes after 'X'

 
 by TimeRever on: Jul 8 2004
 
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The whole X sucks... Why?

1. Crappy unbelivebly old widgets made this toolkit nonsense necessary, GTK, Qt, FLTK, all this for nothing but developer confusion and massive work duplication, if X has a decent native toolkit not only all apps would be toolkit unified but also faster.

2. Pretty bad performance, X eats up a lot of memory, I don't know if it includes KDE or not but it's a lot anyway.

3. X is hard to configure, we are limited to our distros tools to configure X, for example to configure a normal keyboard multimedia keys I had to mess with a lot of xkb files and write all multimedia keys to a file and in hexadeciamal format!

4. X doesn't support alphablending but I think everyone knows this already.

5. Anything else I may forgot to tell, but these are probably the top 4 reasons.


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 Re: Re: What comes a

 
 by anton on: Jul 9 2004
 
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Check out the Y-Window system at www.y-windows.org. It is in very early alpha stage, but has many of the features people have mentioned here:

  • built-in widget engine

  • full alpha-blending (and possibly future OpenGL) support

  • plans for a built-in sound server

  • etc.


I too voted for X-Server, because the x-server really does need an upgrade. Although right now the y-window system is pretty much useless, it is only a matter of enough people working on it. And we really do need to merge the various GUI kits.

Other than that, the USB hotplug support and power management (especially software suspend) also need to be improved.


Anton Markov

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 Re: Re: What comes a

 
 by imperator on: Jul 9 2004
 
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1. Crappy unbelivebly old widgets made this toolkit nonsense necessary, GTK, Qt, FLTK, all this for nothing but developer confusion and massive work duplication, if X has a decent native toolkit not only all apps would be toolkit unified but also faster.
The crappy, ugly widgets you mention are not built into X. They are almost certainly Motif, which is just another toolkit like QT. X itself has no toolkit.

2. Pretty bad performance, X eats up a lot of memory, I don't know if it includes KDE or not but it's a lot anyway.
When the menory usage for X is shown, it includes all your video card's memory, so if you have a video card with 64MB of RAM, X will be reported as using 64MB plus it's usage of system RAM. That is probably what you are seeing. Either that or KDE's memory usage (KDE uses quite a bit of RAM). X is very light, on it's own.

3. X is hard to configure, we are limited to our distros tools to configure X, for example to configure a normal keyboard multimedia keys I had to mess with a lot of xkb files and write all multimedia keys to a file and in hexadeciamal format!
Config is the distros's job, not X's. It's not X's fault if some config program sucks.

4. X doesn't support alphablending but I think everyone knows this already.
It's being worked on. See freedesktop.org


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 Re: Re: Re: What comes a

 
 by xam on: Jul 11 2004
 
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X is quite cool
but only if you'Ve got a hardware accelerator in your box.
i think that kde should have in future versions more OpenGL bindings (drop shadows could be drawn by the graphics card, ... -> Would be much faster then the software drawing we use now)


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: What comes a

 
 by thomas12777 on: Jul 13 2004
 
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x has no offscreen buffer, so simply using opengl is _not_ the answer to everything. (you cannot acces the other layers)
check fdo.org, you'll get (hw accelerated, depends on your gpu) translucency and shadow stuff.
the other way would be to port qt to run on open gl -> bad idea, as it would not run beneath gtk,tcl/tk, motif, etc. stuff (besides opengl has a 1024px texture limit -> you'll have to trick opengl by fracting the textures)


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 Re: Re: What comes after 'X'

 
 by MxCl on: Jul 15 2004
 
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Hmm, you have no idea what you're talking about do you?


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 Sound

 
 by Matthijs on: Jul 8 2004
 
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Don't know if i can rate this as 'backend' but I think that a 'universal' audio system must be implanted in linux.
I mean something like directsound in windows. So that _all_ programms work with it and u can listen to multiple sound sources.

(if this is offtopic, my apologize.)


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 Re: Sound

 
 by maitre on: Jul 8 2004
 
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I find alsa is close to perfect. My OSS games like Quake 3 use alsa without issue, and native alsa support is also there for other games. I've got no complaints with it.
-maitre


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 Re: Re: Sound

 
 by Yaba on: Jul 8 2004
 
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I guess Matthijs means the sound server. E.g. Arts or GStreamer.


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 Re: Sound

 
 by eean on: Jul 12 2004
 
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But most people develop for *nix and not just for Linux.

This is the problem systems such as gstreamer and arts try to solve, so programs don't have to rely on the system having the right kernel.


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 Fonts under X

 
 by Yaba on: Jul 9 2004
 
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What annoys me is the font handling under X. Why is it not possible to disable this stupid resolution stuff? It makes just problems, but I do not see any useful cases.

I use a laptop. First I did not set the -dpi parameter of the X-Server. Great... either tiny fonts or huge fonts, depending to which monitor the laptop is connected. OK, I fixed that. But xrandr is still useless. The initial font size is OK, but after resizing the screen, my fonts either become unreadable small or very huge.

Why isn't it possible to tell X to always use the same font size in pixels?

Who didn't had the problem with Netscape or Mozilla displaying either small or huge fonts?


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 Re: Fonts under X

 
 by uga on: Jul 15 2004
 
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the problem is your computer has no clue of the dpi resolution of your monitor. And unless you make more advanced monitor hw, I guess that's likely impossible right now.

The dpi problem doesn't only belong to the linux/X world, it also happens in the windows world. you just choose "use big fonts" and don't care about what it does.

Unless you tell X what dpi your monitor is, it has no chances of displaying always the same font sizes...

Also, iirc Netscape contains a selector for dpi resolution, which helps with this, now... that maybe should be brought to the desktop environment...


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 Re: Fonts under X

 
 by MxCl on: Jul 15 2004
 
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You have something configured wrong. Here font sizes are physically identical whatever resolution I use. Which makes font handling better than Windows for me.


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 hotplugh

 
 by xam on: Jul 9 2004
 
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I voted for hotplugh because i think it laks on a KDE integration.
I'm thinking of a desktop icon for an insert USB HardDisk like in OS X or a message in the Systray like in M$ Windows (i prefer the Mac Version)

Well SuSE has done something like this (the drives:/ kioslave and the SuSEplugger but it doesn't work very fast, and not very good)

I wish that in future KDE Versions something like this will be realised


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 Re: hotplugh

 
 by kairos on: Jul 9 2004
 
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Yes, you're right.
I even think, that the USB-support in SuSE8.2 was better than in 9.1.


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 Not sure about X

 
 by vdboor on: Jul 11 2004
 
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I'm not sure whether the X server needs such a bit rush.. It's true that we don't want to get behind Windows Longhorn, but a lot of people don't seam to realise what X can.. (why I don't like the Y-attempt)

With the network capabilities of X, you can play OpenGL games remotely over a switched lan..! (I managed to play tuxracer with 40fps; logged in my box with xdmcp. the GLX packets were sent over the X11 link) X also allows you to start multiple remote and local logins/sessions at the same system, something Windows requires an additional package for. I use these things a lot (whether it's Xvnc, x11 over ssh or xdmcp)


Things I love to see improve are the communication with backends (whether it's hotplug, alsa, sane, or auto-mounting). It's occurs to me that I need to dive in a console to fix the backend before the frontends work. I hope dbus solves a piece of this puzzle.
I don't have any complaints about cups, I used the webpanel to set up my printer, but also noticed that KDE had a really nice cups configuration module.! :-)


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 Re: Not sure about X

 
 by cies on: Jul 12 2004
 
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D-BUS is supposed to 'fix' the communication with the backends.

This will take 0.5-1.5 year to get into the distributions, and then the backends will have to adopt it.


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