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VIA Releases Chrome 9 Series DRM
Through a set of three patches published on the DRI mailing list, VIA's Bruce Chang published the Direct Rendering Manager code that will be required for bringing up 3D support on the Chrome 9 IGPs. This Chrome 9 DRM amounts to about 5,000 lines of code and should build against the Linux 2.6.28 kernel. This code will likely enter the Linux 2.6.29 kernel permitting that the initial feedback from the kernel / X.Org developers is incorporated quickly.
Among the Chrome 9 chipsets from VIA are the CN896, K8M890CE/K8N890CE, P4M900, and VN896. This DRM is the first step of the puzzle in enabling open-source 3D support for VIA hardware, with the next step being the Mesa code.