DRM Maintainers Are Running Out Of Time To Ship New Features For Linux 4.12
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 3 April 2017 at 09:26 PM EDT. 20 Comments
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After Linus Torvalds was upset about the DRM pull request for Linux 4.11, the deadlines of new feature changes for the Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) code targeting Linux 4.12 is being strictly enforced.

Red Hat's David Airlie has announced that 4.12 Git pulls will have a deadline by Linux 4.11-rc6 or else risk being postponed until Linux 4.13. New features will be postponed to the Linux 4.13 cycle for pull requests after this week, in ensuring time for testing of new feature code prior to the opening of the Linux 4.12 merge window around month's end. This should keep Linus Torvalds happier and ensuring no rushed code is quickly promoted to mainline.

Among the DRM code already queued for Linux 4.12 via DRM-next are Vega 10 GPU support along with other AMDGPU updates (but no DC support, and with that, no display support at all for Vega), the usual plethora of Intel work, GeForce GTX 1000 Pascal acceleration in Nouveau (new firmware required), and a variety of other changes. More details as the Linux 4.12 merge window approaches.

Airlie's message can be found on dri-devel about the upcoming deadline at week's end, which eliminates hope of seeing any last minute Vega display support / DC or any magical Nouveau Kepler/Maxwell re-clocking capabilities or other performance improvements.
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