HAL's demise

Jerry freebsd.user at seibercom.net
Thu Feb 24 15:24:06 UTC 2011

Excerpt from freedesktop.org mailing list:


Also, "is going away" is a bit of an understatement, it's really quite
dead. GNOME switched over a year ago, KDE and XFCE finished the
transition a couple of months back (see [1]). The major distros don't
even install it by default any more, or at least switched hal to D-BUS
activation so that it doesn't run all the time and cost extra boot
time/CPU/battery power, and just gets started for the odd old program.


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Is FreeBSD now "HAL" free or is it still a requirement? I still have it
activated via "/etc/rc.conf" If it is not needed, I would be happy to
remove the entry.

Jerry ✌
FreeBSD.user at seibercom.net

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