Re: [proposal] Decrease XFree86 server footprint

Jason Clarke <jason@...>

I think the question that might need to be asked is why are they using an X
server on a full screen embedded consumer device? If your UI fills and owns
the entire screen you can easily just use directfb or even fbdev. I'd guess
they are looking more for a way to have multiple applications share the
screen (the main UI, webkit, mplayer,...) then actually a desire to have a
full window manager environment on a small arm device.

Maybe X isn't exactly what they want, but happens to be the closest thing

Just my 2 cents.

Jason Clarke
Crank Software Inc.
Office: 613-595-1999
Mobile: 613-853-9088

-----Original Message-----
From: celinux-dev-bounces@...
[mailto:celinux-dev-bounces@...] On Behalf Of Mikhail
Sent: December-01-09 3:10 PM
To: Tim Bird
Cc: Ruud Derwig; celinux-dev@...
Subject: Re: [Celinux-dev] [proposal] Decrease XFree86 server

Twas brillig at 11:38:49 01.12.2009 UTC-08 when tim.bird@... did
gyre and gimble:

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

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

OpenMoko and Nokia N770/800/810/900 tablets use various X servers (Xglamo,
Kdrive and now XFree86).

Various e-Book readers I looked at use Kdrive, Nano-X (which is X-like, but
not quite X) and plain framebuffer (not DirectFB).


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