Re: [dev] dwm in a window

From: Anselm R Garbe <>
Date: Tue, 7 Jul 2009 16:33:40 +0100

2009/7/7 Kurt H Maier <>:
> On Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 9:24 AM, Anselm R Garbe<> wrote:
>> a) on top of existing ones
>> b) existing ones on top
>> I tend to a) atm just because it would make porting to other platforms
>> so much simpler.
> There is no point to running a window system on top of an existing
> window system, unless there is some religious abstraction method
> you're married to.  Implementing a gui that runs on a gui ends up with
> crap like WINE. I can understand arguments that x11 needs to be
> replaced, and I can understand (some) arguments that x11 needs to be
> left alone, but the idea that x11 needs to be *supplemented* is
> amazing.

The point of the on-top approach is that one can get the basics right
in the beginning and develop the interesting bits and pieces first.
Once it's becoming usable, one can do it on top of the kernel or on
top of xorg drivers. But the good thing is, one can get it running on
top of various things, whereas the problem with X, win32, etc is,
that's nearly impossible atm.

Kind regards,
Received on Tue Jul 07 2009 - 15:33:40 UTC

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