Last week a pull request went in
to bring support in the Linux 2.6.31 kernel for Radeon kernel mode-setting
and TTM memory management
. This initial work was proposed to enter the Linux kernel as a staging driver and then be setup as a proper Linux kernel driver in the next release, Linux 2.6.32.
Linus Torvalds has criticized
some of this Radeon kernel mode-setting work since there are some known bugs at this time (though at least it wasn't called untested crap
), but nevertheless he went ahead and pulled in this new code prior to Linux 2.6.31-rc1.
Cheers! There is now Intel and ATI Radeon kernel mode-setting support within the Linux kernel. We now just need to wait for NVIDIA kernel mode-setting to emerge through the Nouveau
project, which may come in the Linux 2.6.32 or 2.6.33 series.
Red Hat's David Airlie has went over on his blog
the steps needed to take advantage of this new ATI kernel mode-setting support. Fedora already has a version of this ATI kernel mode-setting code within Fedora 11 and there is a snapshot that can be found for Ubuntu ATI KMS testing