Freedreno Driver Now Runs GNOME Shell
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software on 6 March 2013 at 10:59 AM EST. 4 Comments
The reverse-engineered Freedreno Gallium3D driver is now capable of running the GNOME Shell desktop.

Rob Clark shared yesterday that his reverse-engineered ARM Qualcomm graphics driver is successfully handling the GNOME Shell with the Mutter compositing window manager. In a time when the ARM Linux graphics space is rather closed-up and many of the ARM reverse-engineering graphics projects don't actually have any code to show for it or any working end-user driver but just code demos, this is really great to see.

Rob shared last month that he soon wants to merge Freedreno into Mesa. The GNOME Shell support came after bug-fixing and added support for some desktop OpenGL 1.4 features. He also made a Fedora 18 installer for the HP TouchPad.

More details within Rob's blog post. Embedded below is a video of the Freedreno'ified GNOME Shell.

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