1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

VIA KMS Linux Driver Still Far From Being Ready

VIA

Published on 07 June 2011 09:50 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in VIA
Comment On This Article

In the KMS (kernel mode-setting) world there is not only news today to report on a new open-source Freescale KMS driver, but on the state of VIA's kernel mode-setting driver. VIA Technologies may have killed off their open-source strategy, but for the past number of months there's been a developer writing a VIA KMS/TTM DRM driver that would work with the OpenChrome user-space X.Org driver.

The last time really mentioning this VIA KMS work by James Simmons was back in March when the driver was working on the VIA OLPC notebook, but there's been not much more since then nor was there any news when it came time for the Linux 3.0 kernel merge window to be opened and the code could have been pushed.

Following a user inquiry on the OpenChrome mailing list, James Simmons has provided an update on the driver. Simply put, lots of work on this code is left before it will be merged into the Linux 3.x kernel tree. "Going mainline will not be for a while. The main line driver has been in a state of decay for some time. The driver we work on is currently growing since it attempts covers several generations of VIA hardware. So alot of work needs to be done. KMS is being implemented but it's currently turned off by default. Unfortunely turning on KMS gives you the black screen of death. PLL needs to be programmed as well as the display fifo. TTM is mostly implemented. Fencing needs to be done. I plan to finish the TTM layer soon and start working on the xorg driver to use this layer."

James also confirms he hasn't been doing any VIA Mesa work nor hooking in the previous VIA Mesa/DRM work done before by Thomas Hellström, a Tungsten / VMware developer.

About The Author
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 .
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. Preview: AMD's FX-9590 Eight-Core At Up To 5.0GHz On Linux
  2. Intel Launches The Core i7 5960X, Mighty Powerful Haswell-E CPUs
  3. AMD Radeon R9 290: Gallium3D vs. Catalyst Drivers
  4. AMD Radeon R9 290 Open-Source Driver Works, But Has A Ways To Go
Latest Linux Articles
  1. Ondemand vs. Performance CPU Governing For AMD FX CPUs On Linux 3.17
  2. How Intel Graphics On Linux Compare To Open-Source AMD/NVIDIA Drivers
  3. The Fastest NVIDIA GPUs For Open-Source Nouveau With Steam Linux Gaming
  4. Testing For The Latest Linux Kernel Power Regression
Latest Linux News
  1. Marek Lands Radeon Gallium3D HyperZ Improvements
  2. Mozilla Firefox 32 Surfaces With HTML5, Developer Changes
  3. Nouveau X.Org Driver Released With DRI3+Present, Maxwell, GLAMOR
  4. Microsoft & AMD Release C++ AMP Compiler With Linux Support
  5. AMD, Wine & Valve Dominated August For Linux Users
  6. Linux 3.17-rc3 Kernel Released Back On Schedule
  7. Lennart Poettering Talks Up His New Linux Vision That Involves Btrfs
  8. Mesa 10.3 RC2 Arrives Via Its New Release Manager
  9. Ubuntu 14.10's Lack Of X.Org Server 1.16 Gets Blamed On AMD
  10. MSI Motherboard BIOS Updating Remains A Pain For Linux Users
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Lennart Poettering Talks Up His New Linux Vision That Involves Btrfs
  2. Best Radeon for a Power Mac G5?
  3. The dangers of Linux kernel development
  4. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  5. AMD Releases UVD Video Decode Support For R600 GPUs
  6. SSD seems slow
  7. Is laptop with Intel CPU and AMD dGPU worth buying considering especially AMD Enduro?
  8. Radeon HD5670 and Ubuntu 14.04