KMS, GEM Comes To Linux Mobile Phone
Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org on 18 August 2009 at 11:17 AM EDT. 11 Comments
The Neo FreeRunner that was developed by the OpenMoko project and manufactured by FIC, now has kernel mode-setting support and GPU memory management via the Graphics Execution Manager. The Neo FreeRunner smart-phone has a S-Media Glamo 3362 graphics accelerator and an independent developer decided to write the necessary kernel DRM, libdrm, and xf86-video-glamo DDX driver to introduce this support.

Up to this point kernel mode-setting has largely been talked about for Intel and ATI hardware (along with support continuing to emerge for NVIDIA hardware through the Nouveau project), but now KMS is running on this open-source smart-phone, which is complete with GEM memory management. If this isn't enough, a Mesa driver for the S-Media Glamo 3362 to provide OpenGL acceleration is also being worked on, but that driver is still very young.

The story of a GEM+KMS driver coming to the OpenMoko Neo FreeRunner can be found in this blog post.

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