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Re: [Xouvert-general] Network transparentcy and modules (was: platforms

From: ballew
Subject: Re: [Xouvert-general] Network transparentcy and modules (was: platforms)
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2003 15:43:50 -0700 (PDT)
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> On Monday 18 August 2003 12:15 pm, Cameron wrote:
>> Linux has been my main OS since I started using it back in summer of 98.
>> However, during these years, I've had the chance to try other unices,
>> including the BSD's and Solaris. While, for my own personal reasons, I
>> still prefer Linux, I think it would be a great idea to support at least
>> the BSD's. As far as I can tell, xouvert intends to only support Linux
>> (at this point at least). I think that would be a mistake.
> We have every intent of supporting all the platforms XFree86 supports.
>> I also think that removing network transparency would be a big mistake
>> and that keeping it would result in no compromises in the rest of the
>> architecture.
> You must have read the wiki after it had gotten vandalized again. We
> cannot
> get rid of network transparency :)

Have you thought about removing network transparency and replacing it with
a network "plug-in" or module system?

The idea would be that someone could plug in any sort of network
transparent back end, be it IPv4, IPv6, DECnet, AppleTalk (*cough*) or
Myrinet's GM message passing. The idea is to be able to easily switch
between different types of network protocols.

I don't know how the addition of IPv6 is going for X, but I'd be curious
to hear how hard it was to add and if X is heavily tied to IPv4.


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