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    Phoronix: A Vast Majority Of Linux's Input Improvements Are Developed By One Individual

    While there is an ever increasing number of open-source developers focusing on the Linux graphics stack with the GPU drivers and related infrastructure, it's quite a different story when it comes to the Linux input side. It's basically one developer that has been working on the Linux input improvements for the past number of years...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...-One-Developer

  • #2
    Maybe it is not as sexy as other subsystems?! As large as the world is, and even the Linux ecosystem, it was surprising for me to hear that story.

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    • #3
      No Redhat no desktop. People need to remember this.

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      • #4
        the libinput code is extremely well documented, and it actually has up to date and accurate 'how to build' instructions that an idiot can follow ... I am proof.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by 144Hz View Post
          No Redhat no desktop. People need to remember this.
          With no Red Hat and its employees, half of the current Linux userspace wouldn't exist in its current form (gnome, wayland, systemd, dbus, colord, NetworkManager, polkit, sssd, packagekit, kvm).

          I hope IBM keeps the Red Hat technique of promoting independent open source projects of which then you build commercial products on top.

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          • #6
            He seems to be doing a good job, and if anything does happen to him, I'm sure Red Hat can find a replacement. libinput isn't as huge, ambitious, and failure-prone as most other projects we regularly hear about, so I could see how 1 guy would be enough, especially since I don't think there's much of a todo list left over (is there even one?)

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            • #7
              Not a problem, it cuts back on a lot of going back and forth.
              Many successful initiatives are the brain child of a single person: bittorrent, git, systemd, pulseaudio, even wayland or the implementation of quake on iOS.

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              • #8
                Sooooo, where are the Canonical devs? Maybe planing to work on their own incompatible input system instead? For a distro that likes to think of itself as the king of linux desktops, they sure like to piggy back a lot on Redhat's efforts (like everybody else though).

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                • #9
                  sheepdestroyer They are busy working on other parts of GNOME. Fully documented on gitlab.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sheepdestroyer View Post
                    Sooooo, where are the Canonical devs? Maybe planing to work on their own incompatible input system instead? For a distro that likes to think of itself as the king of linux desktops, they sure like to piggy back a lot on Redhat's efforts (like everybody else though).
                    trying to develop and push proprietary software, aka snap, to increase their value so they can go public or get bought out.

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