A Preview Of Kernel-Based Mode-Setting

Rahul Sundaram sundaram at fedoraproject.org
Sat Apr 19 23:35:13 UTC 2008



".. One of the features that has risen towards the top of the list and 
delivers visible benefits to the end-user is kernel-based mode-setting. 
As implied by its name, kernel mode-setting involves moving the 
mode-setting code for video adapters from the user-space X server 
drivers into the Linux kernel. This may seem like an uninteresting topic 
for end-users, but having the mode-setting done in the kernel allows for 
a cleaner and richer boot process, improved suspend and resume support, 
and more reliable VT switching (along with other advantages)"

"Kernel mode-setting isn't yet in the mainline Linux kernel nor is the 
API for it frozen, but Fedora 9 shipping next month will be the first 
major distribution carrying this initial support."


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