Gallium3D Status Update Q1'08
Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 24 February 2008. Page 2 of 2. Add A Comment

Points below are from Jerome Glisse's talk covering both Gallium3D and kernel mode-setting.

- DRI2 may be able to kill SAREA.

- Current Radeon DRM module is a nightmare with its many initialization paths.

- All of the new interesting features (DRI2, TTM memory management, Gallium3D, etc) will likely come to Radeon driver when moving to kernel mode-setting.

- "Radeon MS" is the new Radeon driver with kernel mode-setting and supports the R300/400 series currently. This new driver has improved memory management and takes advantage of the command processor.

- Jerome has written a Gallium3D winsys Radeon driver and a skeleton Gallium3D driver.

- Major items left on his to-do list is finishing the basic Gallium3D driver to serve as a "proof of concept", finish mode-setting, and working on DRI2.

- Radeon kernel mode-setting completion is at least a few months away.


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