So last week I posted on lkml an old patch that we were carrying for a long time in the Linux community. It basically brings the multiple (old) video cards functionally again on Linux and X server (and this time doing on the right and beauty way). For the people that was following multiseat implementations, this is a HUGE step: we will finally be able to discard the old and ugly hack (a mix of Xorg, several Xephyr servers + evdev) and and go to a clean way, starting multiple X servers in parallel.
… here I’am :)
Being quick about my last months: finished my Master course, moving to Helsinki tomorrow (!), got my first real job. Yessh, three great steps in my crazy life and I’m very happy with it! Hope to stay closer with the desktop communities again ;)
One thing that I learned with open communities is when you send a proposal idea and no one replies. This seems to be odd at first but it isn’t. If you did something strange or wrong then at least someone will reply. OTOH if you did something that can be promiser and no one objects, then great! 99% that you did something interesting :) Given that I’ll not work towards this cursor’s shortcut idea soon, I’m posting a mail that I recently sent to dri list and didn’t see much excitement there.
Trying to put some order with all the multiseat documentation found on Web, today I updated the following: Multiseat’s article, in X.Org Foundation wiki: http://wiki.x.org/wiki/Development/Documentation/Multiseat Multiseat’s history, in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiseat#History So if you are trying to setup or help in development, probably the foundation’s wiki has the most up to date and centralized references. Also, please, if you have more helpful information, don’t be afraid to update the wikis. Our future grandsons will be thankful :)
This week our laboratory at university released the MDM utility to ease the process of installation and configuration of a multiseat box. The idea is that the end-user should not use some boring and hard howtos anymore to deploy it. Just installing a distro package must be enough now. Try it, use it, report the bugs and send the patches! :) But I would like to call attention here because we’re still relying on the ugly Xephyr solution to build the multiseat on a simple PC machine (there are people selling this solution.