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Re: XFree86 update question

On Wed, Sep 12, 2001 at 08:31:20PM +0200, Michael Schmitz wrote:
> On Wed, 12 Sep 2001, Laurent de Segur wrote:
> > ...and since most people don't read them anyway, expect great chaos on this
> > list when the sucker is released.
> That was clear from the beginning. It was predictable the moment the
> Powers That Be decided to force everyone to switch over to Linux keycodes
> now, not wait until release. Nothing that creative use of procmail
> couldn't fix :-)

look at it this way, the input layer we switched to AFTER release, we
broke debian stable.  this time were doing it right; in woody before
its considered stable.

and people who refuse to rtfm can be ignored and blackholed with
procmail yes, and they deserve it.

> Make no mistake: the new input layer is the cleaner of both options, and
> having a common set of keytables for both ADB and USB keyboards also makes
> things easier in the long run. Plus we better hash this out now and come
> up with a few solutions for the transition. I just resent breaking
> backwards compatibility, that's all.

there was no way to do this transition magically, the current method
is as good as it can be, the keymap is corrected and the kernel sysctl
switched, the user EXPLICITY WARNED that they MUST take action to fix
thier broken kernel, the action is trivial:

1) apt-get install kernel-image-2.2.19-pmac
2) add append="keyboard_sends_linux_keycodes=1" to /etc/yaboot.conf

finally major releases of debian usually do have some sort of breakage
that requires user intervention, or specific action to deal with, just
look at the sparc upgrade from slink to potato.  you MUST read the
release notes, if you don't you deserve what you get: a broken upgrade
and being killfiled on all the mailing lists.

Ethan Benson

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