Yes, we like HAL-less systems
If you are curious about reading this post, you may already know that I may mean that I’ve moved to Xorg-server 1.8.
Till Jan de Groot (and the team that tests the Xorg-server) passes this package (and all of the deps) to [extra], there is a mini repo here [just add this to your /etc/pacman.conf IF you are willing to risk]
Include = /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist
If you use the opensource packages, you are OK. If you use fglrx or/and nvidia, you have problems.
For that thing called fglrx, you can install the 10.4 prerelease [for the time speaking] which, according to the Archers on bbs.archlinux.org it can work with Xorg-server 1.8 BUT the xorg-server package must be hacked and masked as … Xorg-server 1.7.x. That can be done with a small hack on the configure.ac file, which gives the version name to the package.
For NVidia, officially, the current driver [ 195.36.15] does not officially support Xorg-server 1.8.
You can of course override two ways:
1) If you run KDM, go to /usr/share/config/kdm/kdmrc and modify the ServerArgsLocal line like this:
ServerArgsLocal=-ignoreABI -nolisten tcp
2) Put this in your xorg.conf
Option "IgnoreABI" "True"
You may upgrade this way to Xorg-server 1.8. I didn’t find any performance problems here or artifacts.
Why is Xorg-server 1.8 important ?
Xorg-server 1.8 is the first release that is HAL free. HAL development has been stalled many months now, since Udisks/Upower/U*[put-a-name-here], have replaced it, for development reasons mostly, since the devs were complaining for lack of documentation and deprecated techonologies.
Read more here: http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=93958
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