Freedreno DRM Library Support Merged
Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa on 23 February 2013 at 02:59 AM EST. Add A Comment
The Freedreno Gallium3D driver is closer to being merged into Mesa after support for Freedreno was added into libdrm, the DRM library, on Friday.

Rob Clark got the Freedreno libdrm implementation successfully committed to mainline with this commit yesterday. Merging the DRM library component was called for last week.

Earlier this month was when Rob Clark shared the Freedreno Gallium3D driver was moving along well, a reverse-engineered hardware driver for supporting Qualcomm's Adreno graphics hardware. Rob has been working on this project for nearly one year now in his spare time with formerly being employed by Texas Instruments and now working for Red Hat.

Right now his Gallium3D driver and DRM library are dependent upon Qualcomm's open-source kernel driver. Their kernel graphics driver doesn't tie real well into the DRM/Mesa driver design so Rob has expressed interest in potentially at some point writing his own proper Freedreno DRM driver for the mainline Linux kernel.

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