Re: wish list
Tue, 14 May 1996 12:06:29 +0200 (MET DST)

Alan wonders:

> Why do we want a kernel mouse module when the user one works
> except for minor glitches under load (fixable by using real
> time priority and locking options for those who care).

> it is not good to add code to the kernel just to handle a user
> input device that doesn't need it either.

Indeed, there are additional advantages in kmouse. It adds a software layer
between the hw device and the application, so that:

- the mouse is always bound to the current console: I can "cat /dev/kmouse"
in one console and still run selection on the other
- new devices (new protocols) can be decoded, and still appear the same on
/dev/kmouse and /dev/gpmctl (the gpm protocol, to run gpm clients)
- new protocols can be thought, 3d protocols or such, and old mice will speak
the new protocol when read from the new device.

In short, the different devices (/dev/kmouse, /dev/gpmctl and whatever new)
refer to the pointer, independently of the physical device. That's
a great win, in my opinion, for application programmers.

BTW: kmouse-0.40 is expected in a few days, supporting busmice and
stacking of extension modules.

Sorry for the noise in the list, but I couldn't resist :)

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