Samsung DRM Driver Could Make It Into The Kernel
Last week I wrote about Samsung releasing code to a new DRM driver for one of their ARM SoCs, the Exynos 4210 that's used by the Samsung Galaxy S II and other mobile devices. It looks like this open-source kernel driver from Samsung stands a chance as being the first ARM driver to be accepted into the DRM area of the mainline Linux kernel.
Samsung's Inki Dae sent another message last week to the mailing lists to target David Airlie in an attempt to achieve a response out of him. Inki was successful. David looked at the code and provided feedback. He didn't make any comments about reject the code outright based upon any missing open-source user-space driver suppot or anything else, like he has done in the past. His message commenting on Samsung's new open-source Direct Rendering Manager code is below.
I was sort of hoping someone else would take a look at these ARM drivers before me, it might be worth getting some inter-company review between the vendors submitting drm components as I'm guessing its going to be a lot of the same thing.
Since that message he's also exchanged several more emails on the mailing list with Inki.
It's a different story from what he's said to Qualcomm or Texas Instruments in the past when they have published similar open-source DRM driver code for their ARM SoCs. It's a similar situation to VIA's failed attempts in the past at only partially open-source graphics stacks on Linux.
Let's see what happens here and whether the Samsung DRM driver manages to make it into the mainline Linux kernel.
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