1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

PowerVR KMS/GBM Driver Is Hoped For Release Soon

Hardware

Published on 04 September 2012 12:55 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware
4 Comments

There should be a PowerVR driver update soon-to-be-released that can handle kernel mode-setting (KMS) along with Mesa's Graphics Buffer Manager (GBM). With this support will also come the ability to run Wayland.

Back at the GStreamer Conference 2012 in San Diego there was the interesting TI OMAP4 Wayland demo. The demo by Rob Clark of Texas Instruments showed Wayland running very well on the low-power ARM platform, which uses Imagination's PowerVR SGX graphics core. As said in the article, "[Texas Instruments] hopes to release this TI OMAP4 driver support under an "experimental" state in the near future [for running Wayland]." The OMAP4 display hardware itself is already backed by a KMS driver, OMAPDRM.

Now this morning when Rob Clark released his spinning cube demo for the KMS console, in the mailing list announcement he wrote, "I've tested this on i915 and on panda (with the hopefully-soon-to-be-released pvr gbm/kms support)." So here he publicly confirms that the PVR (PowerVR) GBM/KMS support will hopefully be released soon.

On an entirely separate matter, I recently heard how there almost was an open-source PowerVR graphics driver for Linux with the blessing of Imagination Technologies. This wasn't going to be some reverse-engineered community project but was to be supported by a hardware vendor (not TI) and with programming documentation (provided under NDA by Imagination) to the vendor for writing the open PowerVR SGX driver. Sadly though that particular project never ended up working out and the initiative since abandoned.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Offers Great Linux Performance
  2. CompuLab Intense-PC2: An Excellent, Fanless, Mini PC Powered By Intel's i7 Haswell
  3. From The Atom 330 To Haswell ULT: Intel Linux Performance Benchmarks
  4. AMD Radeon R9 285 Tonga Performance On Linux
Latest Linux Articles
  1. AMD Moves Forward With Unified Linux Driver Strategy, New Kernel Driver
  2. MSI: Update Your BIOS From The Linux Desktop
  3. NVIDIA vs. AMD 2D Linux Drivers: Catalyst Is Getting Quite Good At 2D
  4. 15-Way GPU Comparison With Mesa 10.3 + Linux 3.17
Latest Linux News
  1. Features Of The Linux 3.18 Kernel
  2. Automatic Feedback Directed Optimizer Merged Into GCC
  3. Debian Now Defaults To Xfce On Non-x86 Desktops
  4. Phoenix Is Trying To Be An Open Version Of Apple's Swift
  5. Linux 3.19 To Have Skylake Graphics, PPGTT Enablement
  6. Ubuntu 16.04 Might Be The Distribution's Last 32-Bit Release
  7. Imagination Releases Full ISA Documentation For PowerVR Rogue GPUs
  8. Features GNOME Developers Want In The Linux Kernel
  9. GTK+ Gains Experimental Overlay Scrollbars
  10. Phoronix Test Suite 5.4 M3 Is Another Hearty Update
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Users/Developers Threatening Fork Of Debian GNU/Linux
  2. Proof that strlcpy is un-needed
  3. xbox one tv tuner
  4. HOPE: The Ease Of Python With The Speed Of C++
  5. Bye bye BSD, Hello Linux: A Sys Admin's Story
  6. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  7. NVIDIA Presents Its Driver Plans To Support Mir/Wayland & KMS On Linux
  8. AMD Is Restructuring Again, Losing 7% Of Employees