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    Phoronix: A Book On Linux Graphics Driver Development

    Next month in Nürnberg prior to the start of XDC2012, X.Org developers hope to get together and write a book about graphics driver development...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTE2MzE

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    THIS.IS.AMAZING.

    Really, it is.

    It's all about lowering the threshold for new contributors.
    I'm looking forward to it.

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    • #3
      A very good idea this is for Linux enthusiasts to understand the internals of Linux graphics drivers and how to develop new ones. I believe a book on general device driver development would also be a good idea too so that new developers can possibly write drivers for all kinds of devices starting from the device programming specs through debugging/testing using kernel tools to to the final finished driver.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by DeepDayze View Post
        A very good idea this is for Linux enthusiasts to understand the internals of Linux graphics drivers and how to develop new ones. I believe a book on general device driver development would also be a good idea too so that new developers can possibly write drivers for all kinds of devices starting from the device programming specs through debugging/testing using kernel tools to to the final finished driver.
        Maybe I got you wrong but there are quite a few books on general Linux device drivers.

        "Linux Device Drivers 3rd Ed." (by Jonathan Corbet, Alessandro Rubini, and Greg Kroah-Hartman, 2005)
        is a very popular one and you can even get the ebook for free:

        http://lwn.net/Kernel/LDD3/

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        • #5
          I've skimmed through the pdf yesterday. Interesting stuff even for non driver devs. Too bad the (for me) interesting bits like OpenGL/Mesa, Gallium3D are not there yet. Can't wait till it is finished.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by log0 View Post
            I've skimmed through the pdf yesterday. Interesting stuff even for non driver devs. Too bad the (for me) interesting bits like OpenGL/Mesa, Gallium3D are not there yet. Can't wait till it is finished.
            This. And I hope they can keep up the quality.
            IMHO it's _very_ well written.

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            • #7
              AWESOME, a lot of programmers are interested in graphic drivers development (scratch your own itch? hell yeah !), but don't have a place with all the introductory information well explained and such.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by entropy View Post
                Maybe I got you wrong but there are quite a few books on general Linux device drivers.

                "Linux Device Drivers 3rd Ed." (by Jonathan Corbet, Alessandro Rubini, and Greg Kroah-Hartman, 2005)
                is a very popular one and you can even get the ebook for free:

                http://lwn.net/Kernel/LDD3/
                Nice ebook, despite being a bit old it still has a lot of useful info. Maybe a later version should cover KMS and updated kernel driver interface API's and such, including info for 3.0 kernel series
                Last edited by DeepDayze; 08-18-2012, 07:54 PM.

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                • #9
                  Why should we wait?

                  Cant this book be pushed onto google docs, with right to edit for everyone? Or better yet, wiki books?

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                    *Subscribing to the thread*

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