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Old 06-06-2005, 06:21 PM   #1
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HAL demon


Greetings

Can somebody please give a short, easy and simple description of the HAL deamon?

Do I really need this service running? It's just because when Mandrake boots, the service fails at init 5.

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Old 06-06-2005, 06:24 PM   #2
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hal is a "Hardware Abstraction Layer" basically it coers up all the /dev entries, usb devices and such and provides a unified method to control and manage devices on your system. it's not essential yet, kde doesn't really use it at all AFAIK, and gnome can happily fallback without it if so. if you like the abstracted system (less fiddling about with nuts and bolts) then it's probably in your interests to use it.
 
  


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