[SDL] faster way?

Warren Downs warren at businesslink.com
Mon Aug 16 17:44:10 PDT 1999

     Well, all Linux-promotion aside, there was a fundamental design 
     decision in X Windows to provide a network-aware GUI.  X Windows' 
     design is network-based, and although there are extensions to provide 
     direct access to an X server for increased speed, a non-root user 
     generally doesn't have access to these, for security reasons.  The 
     networking ability of X allows you to remotely run applications, but 
     performance may suffer for local access to the screen, especially if a 
     non-root user is running the program.
     MacOS and Windows don't care so much about security, so they give 
     regular users direct access to the video buffer (which could let one 
     program grab data from another program without it's knowledge or 
     consent, a no-no for a secure OS).
     If you need the speed that DGA gives, for a non-root user, you can 
     make your program suid root.  Just be aware that the onus of security 
     now falls on your program, so if someone figures out how to break into 
     your program, they can still cause havoc.
     If the program is going to be running on a single-user home machine 
     (as most games do), security isn't such a great concern.  In this 
     case, you can provide an install program that makes the game 
     executable suid root (giving appropriate warning to the user).  Of 
     course, the install itself must be run as root, but that's normal for 
     installing shared binaries.  You can have your installer detect if 
     it's not run as root, and in that case, warn the user that they won't 
     get the increased performance of DGA unless they manually make the 
     game binary suid root.
     Warren E. Downs
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Subject: Re: [SDL] faster way? 
Author:  <sdl at surfnetcity.com.au > at internet-mail
Date:    8/15/99 10:55 PM

seanh21 at mail.execpc.com wrote:
> Many Mac programs run 60fps on 60mhz 601 cpus.  Is this an SDL thing?  or 
> a linux thing?  or an X thing?  or am I imagining it?
Well, in all fairness you can't compare a native mac app to a emulation. I think
are imagining it.  I haven't really had any problem with Linux speed. In fact 
II in a window is much faster on Linux than Windows.
> Sean
> On Sun, 15 Aug 1999, John Garrison wrote: 
> > seanh21 at mail.execpc.com wrote:
> >
> > > Why are windowed displays on linux so slow?  I have never done any
> > > graphics programming on linux but from my mac background these framerates 
> > > seem very low.  I am just curious.
> > >
> >
> > The Dgen Sega Genesis emulator has been known to run upwards of 60fps on my 
> > computer, so I wouldn't call linux windowed displays slow. 
> >

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