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  • VC5 Gallium3D Driver Becomes V3D, Enabled By Default In Mesa

    Phoronix: VC5 Gallium3D Driver Becomes V3D, Enabled By Default In Mesa

    What was developed as the VC5 Gallium3D driver is now renamed to V3D and enabled by default in new Mesa 18.2 builds...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...lium3D-Default

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    Bad name change. VC5 is a much better name for a driver than V3D.
    With VC5 you know exactly what it is, it is a device driver for the VC5 GPU, the successor to the VC4.
    V3D what is that? Is virtual 3D? Is it 3D only? Is it a device driver? For what?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by uid313 View Post
      Bad name change. VC5 is a much better name for a driver than V3D.
      With VC5 you know exactly what it is, it is a device driver for the VC5 GPU, the successor to the VC4.
      V3D what is that? Is virtual 3D? Is it 3D only? Is it a device driver? For what?
      There are, roughly speaking, two groups of people in the world: those who know what the VideoCore line of GPU's are and care about the Mesa driver, and those that couldn't give a toss. People that fall into the Former category know what they're looking at when they read V3D or VC5, those in the later wouldn't understand either. If someone looks at V3D and thinks "Virtual 3D?" they probably aren't going to know that VC5 stood for VideoCore 5, the main case I can see that they do is in the case of someone going from an RPi3 to the currently unannounced RPi4 that might be based on VideoCore 5 and are looking to install the Mesa drive. In that situation the Distro install documentation should say everything that needs saying

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      • #4
        Originally posted by SpyroRyder View Post
        There are, roughly speaking, two groups of people in the world: those who know what the VideoCore line of GPU's are and care about the Mesa driver, and those that couldn't give a toss.
        We shouldn't care about those that don't care. We should care about those who care and know enough.

        Or, why the fuck this justifies confusing the ones that could actually gather something from the name?

        in the case of someone going from an RPi3 to the currently unannounced RPi4 that might be based on VideoCore 5 and are looking to install the Mesa drive.
        Raspi sdcard images come pre-loaded with all drivers they need. It's not like they really need to save a few dozen MBs on a multi-GB SDcard.

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