NetBSD 7.0 Will Finally Have DRM/KMS Drivers
Written by Michael Larabel in BSD on 19 March 2014 at 04:50 AM EDT. 6 Comments
NetBSD is the latest BSD operating system to have DRM/KMS graphics drivers ported from the Linux kernel.

Code was merged on Tuesday to land the DRM/KMS drivers within the NetBSD kernel. These changes were pushed to "head" and will make the new graphics drivers part of the NetBSD 7.0 release later in 2014.

For now this code is just provided by the amd64/DRMKMS kernel and includes the Intel and Radeon open-source drivers originally ported from the Linux kernel. The Linux kernel's DRM/KMS code was originally ported to FreeBSD (FreeBSD 9.1 had Intel KMS and FreeBSD 10.0 landed the Radeon support code) and since then DragonflyBSD has also picked up the code, OpenBSD picked up some KMS code, and now NetBSD is next in line.

Confirmation of the riastradh-drm2 branch merging was made on the NetBSD users mailing list on Tuesday. This merging comes over a year after NetBSD was willing to pay for the code to be ported to its operating system kernel.

Other tentative NetBSD 7.0 changes can be found via this page.

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