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

VIA DRM Driver Finally Proposed For Mainline Linux

Linux Kernel

Published on 08 June 2013 04:19 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel
5 Comments

It looks like with the Linux 3.11 kernel there is finally the potential for the VIA DRM graphics driver that's long been in development to enter the mainline kernel source tree.

James Simmons has been working on the VIA DRM driver for years and he's finally ready to submit this Direct Rendering Manager driver into the mainline kernel. After reporting last month he finally has mainline ambitions for the driver he's largely developed by himself as an independent Linux developer, he wrote today, "Here is the first run at inspection of the VIA openchrome dri driver. Now that the Xorg driver has been out over a year with KMS support most people should be able to use this feature. The driver is totally complete but we wanted to merge it so people with newer hardware that has HDMI/DVI-D support can be able to run X windows. Your xorg driver does not implement HDMI/DVI in UMS mode and we don't have the resources to do this work. Basic TTM/GEM is supported but currently you can't run any acceleration with the command queue. Over the next 6 months this should be implemented."

He published the VIA DRM driver onto the mailing list in form of 21 patches. Now one has to wonder if an open-source VIA Gallium3D driver will finally materialize in the coming years... While James' work and commitment can be definitely applauded, for those that haven't ready my earlier VIA Linux articles, VIA x86 hardware should still definitely be avoided.

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. Acer B286HK: A 28-inch UHD LED 4K Monitor For As Low As $350
  2. Intel Xeon E5-1680 v3 & E5-2687W v3 Compared To The Core i7 5960X On Linux
  3. Intel 120GB 530 Series SSD Linux Performance
  4. Btrfs/EXT4/XFS/F2FS RAID 0/1/5/6/10 Linux Benchmarks On Four SSDs
Latest Linux Articles
  1. Mesa Git Yields Performance Improvements For Newer AMD GPUs
  2. Apple OS X 10.10 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 Performance
  3. Mesa 10.5-devel Brings Some Intel Haswell HD Graphics Changes Over Mesa 10.3
  4. NVIDIA vs. Nouveau Drivers With Linux 3.18 + Mesa 10.4-devel
Latest Linux News
  1. Devuan: Debian Without Systemd
  2. Wine 1.7.32 Updates Its Mono Engine
  3. Mesa 10.4 Release Candidate 3 Is Here For Weekend Testing
  4. GenodeOS 14.11 Now Supports Intel's Wireless Hardware
  5. Jolla Tablet Could Have Upgrades For MicroSDHC, Split Screen, 3.5G
  6. Intel Has Last Round Of DRM Changes For Linux 3.19, Starts Dropping DRI1/UMS
  7. Fedora 21 Release Candidate 1 Awaits Your Testing
  8. GCC 5 Adds Support For ARM's Cortex-A17
  9. KWayland Server Component Coming For KDE Plasma 5.2
  10. NVIDIA Posts Tegra Gallium3D Patch For K1+ Support
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Aliens vs predator for Linux
  2. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  3. Hurrican SDL Port
  4. Roadmap to Catalyst 14.10 ?
  5. how to configure module phoromatic ?
  6. PulseAudio 6.0 Is Coming & Other Linux Audio Plans For The Future
  7. Debian Developer Resigns From The Systemd Maintainership Team
  8. Cant get working Kaveri APU - A10-7850k