[lsb-discuss] X11 Extensions for Fullscreen OpenGL

Jan Emoti emotican at gmail.com
Wed Apr 30 07:15:49 PDT 2008


On Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 12:24 PM, Jeff Licquia <jeff at licquia.org> wrote:

>
> The reason standards like Xxf86vm aren't in the LSB was to avoid precisely
> this problem: attempts to do new things often don't get it right the first
> time, and when the "done-right" implementation comes along, then we're stuck
> supporting an old technology no one wants to support.
>
> It's different when a mature technology goes obsolete (such as Qt 3),
> because everyone has a strong incentive to support older software for as
> long as possible.  But it doesn't look like Xxf86vm was in the category of
> "mature technology".


Stopping support is not right if there is nothing given to fallback on.


> We are not (yet) in the driver business, so questions of interaction with
> specific hardware aren't an issue for us.  What we care about is the
> application API: that a hardware abstraction layer, in general, acts as it
> should.
>
> Usually, we simulate hardware in our tests, to avoid failures due to buggy
> drivers.


That is the easy place to draw the line, and its easy to get too abstract...
To avoid getting undercut by the drivers, a lab with real hardware is needed
to get firsthand knowledge.
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