Performance and mouse problems

Jerome Herman jherman at
Wed May 2 18:25:48 UTC 2012

On 02/05/2012 19:40, Jerry wrote:
> On Wed, 2 May 2012 13:19:05 -0400 (EDT)
> doug at articulated:
>> On Wed, 2 May 2012, Warren Block wrote:
>>> On Wed, 2 May 2012, Albert Shih wrote:
>>>> I think the problem is indeed comme from Xorg.
>>> Just to repeat: on this Gateway notebook, only one or the other of
>>> the touchpad or mouse would work until I enabled moused
>>> in /etc/rc.conf. Now either or both work, including when the USB
>>> mouse is connected after X starts.
>> My experience corresponds with Warren's thoughts on this. I was
>> running the exact levels of software on an old Dell 800Mhz desktop and
>> new aDell laptop many many times faster, 4 cpu's etc, etc. HAL (which
>> is well named I think) did not work very well on the laptop and I
>> would lose the mouse and keyboard when I disabled the touchpad. On the
>> Desktop HAL worked fine. The laptop (keyboard and mouse anyway) works
>> fine without HAL.
> HAL is now deprecated on GNU/Linux systems. Why it is still being kept
> on life support in FreeBSD is the question that needs to be addressed.
> This didn't just happen yesterday either. We continue to bump version
> numbers yet fail to repair/replace crucial elements of the
> operating system. What is even better, depending on whose forum you
> choose to read, the problem is FreeBSD -- Linux -- Gnome -- KDE -- "The
> Cat in the Hat" (no one has blamed Microsoft for this fiasco as far as
> I know) yet the problem still exists. Since 2008, when HAL was being
> deprecated, no one has properly addressed the problem. Everyone plays
> the "blame game".
Be carefull that Linux notion of "Deprecated" is not exactly on par with 
standard meaning of the term. ifconfig has been deprecated since 1999 in 
Linux, OSS since 2001. Both are still alive and kicking. So it might be 
that Linux will keep HAL for a while still.

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