Imagination Appears To Be Working On An Open-Source PowerVR Driver

Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 15 June 2015 at 09:14 AM EDT. 16 Comments
The latest talk is that Imagination Technologies may be developing an open-source Linux graphics driver for their PowerVR hardware.

A Phoronix reader has been pointing out in the forums and via emails that Imagination mentioned some sort of open-source work taking place for announcing later on.

Alexandru Voica, Imagination's new representative in technology marketing and PR, recently did a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) where he seemed to imply something was taking place. In the thread when asked about plans to make/help/fund an open-source PowerVR driver for Linux, Alex responded, "Yes, there is a plan and it is one of the things I've been working on for the past few months. Hopefully I'll have something more to share soon(-ish?)."

This jives with what I heard from Imagination over two months ago, in a private message, "I know that the Linux community would like us to do more on the PowerVR front gather feedback from FOSS developers and work with our engineering team to create a strategy for the future development of Linux drivers."

Hopefully more details will be revealed soon.
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