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Re: Fwd: [PATCH 1/2] Framebuffer split

From: Robert Millan
Subject: Re: Fwd: [PATCH 1/2] Framebuffer split
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2009 17:02:23 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)

On Sat, Aug 01, 2009 at 04:50:59PM +0200, Michal Suchanek wrote:
> 2009/8/1 Robert Millan <address@hidden>:
> > On Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 10:31:07PM +0200, Vladimir 'phcoder' Serbinenko 
> > wrote:
> >> > Well, that fits the definition of backend.
> >> >
> >> But there are other backends too - network backend, opengl backend, ...
> >> Framebuffer is a term often used to designated memory ranged which is
> >> mapped to the screen.
> >
> > Ok then.  I think I got confused by the common usage of this term, which
> > often refers to the whole thing.  I'm fine with it, as long as it's used
> > consistently.
> Yes, I can agree with "framebuffer" being used for the memory storing
> the display data, X has fb library, many other graphics libraries have
> bf handling routines but the most well known one is the Linux
> "framebuffer console" - the console using the Linux framebuffer
> library.
> >
> >> May we stop discussing about names and rather either commit or discuss
> >> technical details?
> >
> > Names are very important.  When someone who's not familiar with the code
> > is trying to figure it out, if the name of a function or an interface
> > inmediately evokes an idea of what it does, that person won't have to
> > check.  It makes working with GRUB much more efficient.
> >
> For me backend is just something generic that can do just about
> anything (even compilers have a backend) but framebuffer evokes the
> thought of rectangular memory area storing the picture shown on the
> screen.

I stand corrected.

Robert Millan

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