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Intel GPU Driver Tries To Rip Out FBDEV Support

Intel

Published on 17 June 2013 04:18 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel
54 Comments

Intel's Daniel Vetter is attempting for the Intel DRM graphics driver to remove support for its FBDEV frame-buffer layer with a new patch-set entitled "fbdev no more!", but will this finally usher in the killing of the Linux kernel's FBDEV subsystem?

Going back to last year there's been a call out to deprecate the Linux kernel's FBDEV layer. David Herrmann, among other Linux developers, have been working on projects like KMSCON to have a KMS/DRM-based terminal console from user-space, new KMS drivers, and other related initiatives in an attempt to kill FBDEV.

Daniel Vetter wrote in a new patch series that he was looking into "the locking mess in our fbdev support and cried." Rather than trying to fix the mess, the Intel Open-Source Technology Center employee just wants to gut all of the FBDEV code from their driver. "So I've decided to instead rip it all out. It seems to work."

These patches seem to have issues with Fedora's Plymouth boot splash screen for now and there might be some gripes about killing off FBDEV support when KMSCON isn't yet widespread and Linux distributions in general really aren't ready yet. "So just a small step here really, but imo into the right direction. Now, please bring on the flames!"

In an effort to modernize and clean-up the Linux kernel, hopefully the FBDEV support will be killed off in the not too distant future, but for now we will need to wait and see.

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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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