The State Of The Lima/Tamil Driver Code

Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software on 23 April 2015 at 02:07 PM EDT. 33 Comments
For those wondering about the state of the Lima and Tamil graphics drivers for providing open-source, accelerated support to ARM Mali graphics processors, Luc Verhaegen has written a new blog post after being silent for a while.

Earlier this year I wrote that it might be a while before seeing the open-source driver code as Luc has kept it behind closed doors while in early stages of development. In today's blog post, Luc addresses those that have dissenting opinions about the situation, etc.

Unfortunately, it's still not clear when the driver code will be posted, as he still needs to get it into proper shape. Luc wrote, "Now I have a choice. I can wait until i am in the mood to clean up this code and produce something useful for public consumption, and in the meantime see my name and my work slandered. Or... If i throw my (nasty) code over the wall, someone will rename/rewrite it, mess up a lot of things, and trash me for not having done corner X or Y, so essentially slander me and my work and probably even erase my achievements from history, by using more of my work against me... And in the latter case i give people like Jasper and companies like Endless Mobile what they want, in spite of their contemptible actions and statements. Logically, there is only one conclusion possible in that constellation."

Those wanting to know more about the Lima/Tamil driver situation can read Luc's lengthy post entitled The value of writing code and instigating change.
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