Re: [proposal] Decrease XFree86 server footprint

Tim Bird <tim.bird@...>

Mikhail Gusarov wrote:
Proposer: Mikhail Gusarov

Summary: Decrease XFree86 server footprint
The only one major obstacle of adopting XFree86 for embedded needs is
large memory footprint. While Kdrive Xfbdev features ~1.75MB RSS,
XFree86 is nearly 20MB.
Thanks very much for this proposal!

The size of X is something that's been an issue with embedded devices
for some time. I'm not a graphics guy, so I didn't even know about

Can anyone comment on the current state of affairs
for the graphics layer used on embedded devices?

Is X widely used, or are other graphics systems (like DirectFB,
for example) used?

At Sony we're not shipping a lot of (any?) products with X, but if
the footprint problem was solved maybe we would consider it.
-- Tim

Tim Bird
Architecture Group Chair, CE Linux Forum
Senior Staff Engineer, Sony Corporation of America

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