End of year Xorg status rant

Matthew Macy mmacy at nextbsd.org
Tue Jan 3 22:10:38 UTC 2017

 ---- On Tue, 03 Jan 2017 13:37:30 -0800 blubee blubeeme <gurenchan at gmail.com> wrote ---- 
 > Well, knowing things like this up front would be helpful or is it just insider knowledge from people who were around at that time this stuff was going on. These are genuine questions I'm asking. 

It's not widely discussed. It reflects badly on FreeBSD as well to have a former contributor react like that. Nonetheless, it illustrates the frustration that contributors to this area might experience.

 >  There's no reason for any corporation to fund BSD graphics work so I'm not even thinking about that. I doubt there's any funds to pay even a single developer. 

Barring tablet / kiosk development - which I see no case for, given the wide adoption of Android, Google's deep pockets, and the fact that no one is really making money off of *that*.

 >  The more you look around the more it seems like there's a lot more to this issue. I am going to make contributions but I'd like to avoid reinventing the wheel but I also don't want for freebsd to be dependent on things outside its control which seems nuts. 

Every year new graphics hardware comes out and applications come to depend on new interfaces. The FreeBSD community has little say in either. 


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