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    Default New, Generic X.Org KMS Driver Work

    Phoronix: New, Generic X.Org KMS Driver Work

    David Airlie has announced new work on the xf86-video-modesetting driver, which aims to be a generic X.Org (DDX) driver that will take advantage of the generic parts of the Linux KMS (kernel mode-setting) APIs so that any GPU should be supported...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=OTk1OA

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    What are the advantages over the current fallback (fbdev)? Thanks

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    I kind of wonder, why not create single xorg kms based driver with acceleration and forget xorg part. What is the point of having dozen of kernel side kms drivers with each own API?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknova View Post
    I kind of wonder, why not create single xorg kms based driver with acceleration and forget xorg part. What is the point of having dozen of kernel side kms drivers with each own API?
    That's the Xorg state tracker.

    The problem is that it's not nearly as stable and reliable as the older xorg drivers, at least today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbios View Post
    What are the advantages over the current fallback (fbdev)? Thanks
    It supports the full modesetting API (multi-head, etc.) not just the limited bits exposed via fbdev.

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