xf86-video-modesetting Gets The GLAMOR Treatment

Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org on 9 October 2014 at 07:38 AM EDT. 4 Comments
Patches are pending to provide the xf86-video-modesetting with GLAMOR hardware acceleration support for 2D.

For next year's X.Org Server 1.17 release is the integration of xf86-video-modesetting, the generic DDX driver geared to work with any hardware that has a native DRM/KMS driver within the kernel. This DDX driver has landed and Eric Anholt (now at Broadcom) has been working on improvements to this driver to make it useful for his Broadcom VC4 purposes to be the default X.Org driver with hardware acceleration.

Eric has published patches that provide the default mode-setting driver with X acceleration using GLAMOR while gracefully falling back to normal shadow frame-buffer acceleration if the platform doesn't have OpenGL support present to handle GLAMOR. It makes this driver more useful if you have OpenGL support present on the system but without a working DDX driver. The patches can be found on the xorg-devel mailing list but should be mainlined soon enough for the X.Org Server 1.17 version in early 2015.
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