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VIA's DRM Patches Finally Get Some Feedback

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Published on 29 November 2009 10:14 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in VIA
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A month ago we shared that VIA tried again to push some new DRM code into the mainline Linux kernel. This was months after VIA Technologies had already tried multiple times pushing new Direct Rendering Manager code for its hardware into the kernel, but failed for various reasons. With this latest attempt, the patches received no comments nor were they accepted into the mainline tree. However, this morning they have finally received some comments.

VMware's Thomas Hellström who previously wrote a new VIA 3D Linux stack was the one that commented on this newest set of patches from VIA. Thomas ended up acknowledging one of the patches that fixes a video hang issue (1), expressed four key problems with the VIA DRM patch that adds suspend/resume support through ACPI (2), and then the third patch also had technical issues with it (3).

With the Linux 2.6.33 kernel merge window soon opening, it's unlikely we will see any revised patches from VIA up for review again prior to Linux 2.6.34.

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