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  • Mediatek MT2701 Display Support Coming For Linux 4.12

    Phoronix: Mediatek MT2701 Display Support Coming For Linux 4.12

    Mediatek developers have been working to mainline their MT2701 SoC support in the Linux kernel the past number of months and with Linux 4.12 will come support to their DRM/KMS driver...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...T2701-DRM-4.12

  • #2
    I am dreaming? It's same MediaTek who violate GPLv2 and sell source code of their drivers? So they no longer doing this?

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    • #3
      Hah, we must both be dreaming. I might grab a few of those 10" aliexpress tablets and hope Lineage et al pick it up. Not sure how the Linux driver gets in to Android, but this is a nice start.

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      • #4
        If they would mainline drivers for their wifi chips as well i would appreciate it.

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        • #5
          Mediatek are one of the biggest contributors to the kernel.
          https://lwn.net/Articles/713803/

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ssam View Post
            Mediatek are one of the biggest contributors to the kernel.
            https://lwn.net/Articles/713803/
            Do you have any historical data to back that up? A single data point does not make them a big contributor to the kernel, not to mention that there are single individuals that have contributed more than the whole of mediatek, so big is relative.

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            • #7
              This is amazing!
              This makes MediaTek SoCs much more attractive. It makes it much easier for maintain products and cheaper, and also faster updates and you can products which are more up to date and hence more secure.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by bemerk View Post
                If they would mainline drivers for their wifi chips as well i would appreciate it.
                yes. I made the mistake of buying an EDIMAX EW-7711, which on paper seemed great, and they even said there was a linux driver. I chose it because I wanted the smallest dual-band USB wifi adaptor I could find.
                Unfortunately the driver only compiled for an ancient centos/redhat kernel, and when I tried to build for a more modern kernel the warnings and errors flooded my terminal.
                linux addict, got the scars, the grey beard and the t-shirt.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by R00KIE View Post

                  Do you have any historical data to back that up? A single data point does not make them a big contributor to the kernel, not to mention that there are single individuals that have contributed more than the whole of mediatek, so big is relative.
                  They are not Intel or Redhat, but they are regularly in the top 20 lists in the past few years e.g. 4.8 https://lwn.net/Articles/701650/ 4.2 https://lwn.net/Articles/654633/, and 4.1 https://lwn.net/Articles/646942/ .

                  They are also members of the Linux foundation https://www.linuxfoundation.org/members/corporate

                  That puts them well ahead of me and anyone I've ever worked for.

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                  • #10
                    Ever since appearing in Chromebooks, MediaTek have been contributing code to the kernel. I guess Google forced them to.

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