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FBDEV Is Still Not Deprecated In The Linux Kernel

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Published on 24 January 2014 09:15 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel
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One and a half years ago there was a call for deprecating the Linux kernel's frame-buffer support but that still hasn't happened and the FBDEV support continues to advance, including with the in-development Linux 3.14 kernel.

Laurent Pinchart had called for deprecating the Linux kernel's FBDEV code at the 2012 Linux Plumbers' Conference with the DRM and V4L2 drivers being superior in quality and features to FBDEV. This call for deprecation was done in part due to the Linux Common Display Framework and other happenings, but long story short the FBDEV drivers are still living on happily in the latest upstream kernels.

In fact, the latest FBDEV work was merged this evening for the Linux 3.14 kernel merge window. The FBDEV work isn't particularly exciting but contains a new OpenCores VGA/LCD driver and other minor clean-ups and fixes. Those interested in the Linux 3.14 FBDEV changes can see the Git merge to mainline of this new code that comes in at less than one thousand lines of changes for this latest release cycle.

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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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