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VIA OpenChrome KMS Driver Finally Goes For Mainline

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Published on 26 May 2013 02:47 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in VIA
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After years of work near single-handedly by James Simmons, the independently-created DRM kernel mode-setting driver for many VIA Chrome IGPs is finally looking for inclusion into the mainline kernel.

After being pegged by a user about the state of the VIA OpenChrome DRM KMS driver in the mainline Linux kernel, Simmons wrote a positive response on the mailing list.

The expressed reason before for not pushing his code to master was that Simmons was waiting for major distributions to carry the new OpenChrome X.Org driver that can support the KMS paths, rather than crashing and burning with an old DDX when running a KMS-enabled kernel. That package has been out there for a while now so it's no longer a reason to hold back on mainlining this code with a controversial past.

James Simmons has cleaned up his latest code quite well and now LVDS, HDMI, DVI, and VGA outputs should work for most VIA hardware with this KMS DRM kernel driver. However, Simmons reiterated that "by no means is the kernel driver complete but is usable."

He believes this code is now safe to be pushed into the mainline Linux kernel and has asked David Airlie, the DRM subsystem maintainer, how to proceed in getting this driver merged. It's possible now that we could see the VIA OpenChrome DRM KMS driver finally merged for the Linux 3.11 kernel.

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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 .
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