sour grapes .. was FreeBSD Kernel Internals Documentation

Michael Cardell Widerkrantz mc at
Sun Jan 8 20:11:50 UTC 2012

"C. P. Ghost" <cpghost at>, 2012-01-01 20:30 (+0100):

> On Sun, Jan 1, 2012 at 7:41 PM, doug <doug at> wrote:
>> That said, FreeBSD has a giant disadvantage in the desktop world. In trying
>> to find if there will be any sort for my current laptop I came across a
>> comment from Robert Noland saying that Xorg is becoming more and more Linux
>> centric. That is a problem the FreeBSD project can not overcome.
> Did he mean frameworks like evdev(4) and so?

That man-page really doesn't explain what has changed. The new thing is
that has done away with hald.

> Stuff like this really ought to be backported to FreeBSD, either
> directly or by providing more Linuxisms on our side. 

It also seems rather easy, considering we already have devd which could
be used to feed evdev with information about input devices.

> There's no /technical/ reason why it can't be done.


He probably also meant stuff like Kernel mode-setting (KMS) and GEM. All
this is being worked on in FreeBSD as well:

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