Kernel Mode-Setting Gets Ready, libdrm Updated
Phoronix: Kernel Mode-Setting Gets Ready, libdrm Updated
With the grunt of the development efforts on the Linux 2.6.28 kernel winding down, soon the merge window for Linux 2.6.29 will open and that's where Intel is prepared to (finally) commit the kernel mode-setting framework and code that supports their hardware to the mainline Linux kernel. With this milestone finally coming, Intel's Jesse Barnes has updated libdrm with the needed files.Found in the Git master code for libdrm are several new files and modifications to existing files that provide some of the support needed to provide video mode-setting within the Direct Rendering Manager...
And this is where nVidia starts to learn that their singular closed source driver effort will struggle to keep pace with the open source teamwork based community of developers working together to advance the capabilities of their competitors drivers.
I don't think they have anything to worry about until their technology is way behind and in the dust.
Originally Posted by hubick
It would be nice if some of the stability issues with Intel experienced by current distributions (like Fedora 10) could be addressed before new features are added. Corrupted windows (when too many windows are open) in Compiz, hangs, "IRQ 16 nobody cared" are all very annoying. In addition, even simple games, like FreeDOOM in GL mode, are not displayed correctly.
I'm all for free and open source drivers - it's why I buy Intel video based machines - but the proprietary Nvidia drivers on my old machines are more stable. I don't see much discussion on this subject, even though there are many folks added to the bug reports.
Well, too bad ATI hardware KMS support won't make it before 2.6.29 window closes.
ATI is way behind. NVidia does their own thing (and it works; fast and nicely), Intel also does their own thing but openly, and ATI just sits there and gives its Linux customers a hard time.
Thank you, ATI.
I think it's because all three companies probably have very similiar number of people working on the Linux drivers. That said AMD/ATI divides those people to:
- fglrx blob
- radeon (video-ati) driver
- radeonhd (though I'm unsure how the Novel guys are conected with AMD and if they can be called asigned by AMD on the task)
This is a bit off topic but I suspect many here are thinking it, so I'll just go ahead and say it:
I CAN HAS LINUX GRAPHICS SURVEY 2008 RESULTS PLZ? KTHNX BY.
I'm curious to see how many users care for 3D, modesetting, mutlihead, etc..