moko running everything as root

Robert Taylor subscribers at
Fri Jun 13 23:29:16 CEST 2008

Peter Nijs wrote:
>> no problems. what i don't want is people to get their hopes up. this was in
>> the context of people asking if they can play vga video and me going "good
>> luck!". there is reality - and you can sit and hack away spend lots of time
>> and get 1 case to work, and work well. as i said - it will depend on codec,
>> bitrate, quality etc. mpeg4 decode in hw is great - but remember it is also
>> limiting to just mp4 - all your mpeg1, ogg, etc. videos will not work. also
>> as long as mplayer is accessing glamo hardware it must run as root.
>> admittedly we run everything as root - but come the day when we don't...
>> this is trouble.

Can someone clear up for me why everything runs as root?  When I heard 
the iPhone ran everything as root I kinda sneered at it but now I can't 
be so smug.

What are the engineering reasons for this?


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