Wayland on FreeBSD
roberthuff at rcn.com
Wed Apr 22 18:40:01 UTC 2020
Steve O'Hara-Smith writes:
> > 2) Based on 1980s concepts and hardware (which affects what code
> > is written and how)
> Hmm unix is based on 1970s concepts and 1960s hardware,
Is it? I'll leave this to people with deeper knowledge, but I
get the impression a _lot_ has changed - and not just under the hood -
over the last thirty years.
> > 3) "It just grew." (Which contributes to (1).)
> That I'd have to disagree with, the gap betweem X11Rn and X11Rn+1
> was always long and seemed to involve considerable care and there has never
> been an X12 (despite getting to X11 between 1984 and 1987).
The comparison that leapt to mind was to GCC, and its replacement
with LLVM. I am not a compiler guru ... but I have heard those who
are muttering in eldritch tongues about minor decisions made long ago
that have become irreversibly embedded and block non-trivial
improvements to speed and/or accuracy.
Now LLVM _may_ be following a similar path - but there seems to be
a vigorous effort to avoid that where possible.
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