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HAL and *BSD

Hi BSD porters,

as you may know, hal hasn't seen any upstream development for years and
is dead. For that matter I've filed bug reports some time ago [1].
The only real blocker atm that I can see is Xorg using hal on kfreebsd.

There has been some discussion about this topic over two years ago [2],
to get Xorg ported to devd on *BSD but I don't know what the current
state of that effort is.

Afaics, there are basically 3 options:

1/ We drop hal and Xorg is ported to something like devd on *BSD

2/ We drop hal and hal support is simply disabled on non-Linux, which
means, Xorg needs to be configured manually? Maybe Julien or KiBi can
provide more info on this.

3/ we keep hal, but only for the non-Linux architectures and I'd need
someone (from the kfreebsd porters team) to take over maintenance.

While I personally would prefer 1/, I don't know if there has been
progress on this, so I'd like some input from the kfreebsd porters on
this matter and what their preference is.


[2] http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-x11/2011-February/010474.html
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