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Re: XF86 and full-screen graphical console apps

The issue here makes a lot more sense now - it's
personal.  You wanted accel which you didn't get,
and you want to share your disappointment with us.

Magnus Norddahl <mbn@dark.x.dtu.dk> wrote:
> With XFree86, we have pixmaps. Because you do not have a direct
pointer to
> the pixmap data, it is possible for the X server to store the pixmap
> video memory, or even on a remote system.

Uh huh.  And the X protocol stream data can be sent
using pigeon carriers(*).  :-)

You should see some of the stuff I edited out before
sending this message.  :-) Since the original message
was of personal relevence, it was all too easy to joke 
about.  But that wouldn't be fair.

Anyhow, the accels in xf86 look fine.  Even for blits,
they should be ok.  The found it hard to believe that
pixmaps were always stored in memory, so I researched
the source to make sure.

Now, actually putting them in would require writing
a scheme to manage video-memory pixmaps (and possibly
overflows to system memory).  And only recently has
using video memory for pixmaps become an issue.  But
the xf86 is certainly modular enough to make the
addition of this kind of routine painless, so I'd be
willing to put money on this feature being part of
xf86 4.0.

* See RFC 1149, "A Standard for the Transmission of IP
Datagrams on Avian Carriers"
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