Lima Driver Code Sees First Commits In Years
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 2 April 2016 at 09:25 AM EDT. 7 Comments
HARDWARE --
A Phoronix reader wrote in excitingly that there have been a few Lima commits this week. Lima, of course, being the open-source, reverse-engineered graphics driver for ARM Mali hardware.

The commits were to limadriver-ng, but before getting too excited, the latest changes were just some mundane tweaks. With the latest two pull requests, it's just build fixes and a fix for adjusting the Lima dump path.

Previous to those commits this week, the last activity to the Lima driver NG repository were in June of 2013. The latest news on LimaDriver.org is from last December mentioning "this project looking for developers, if you'd like to try, come to our IRC #lima."

Speaking of #lima, the logs are here and the comments from a few days ago by Rob Clark explain how some could get involved in ultimately creating a Mesa/Gallium3D driver for the ARM Mali hardware.

Yesterday there was the unrelated ARM Mali DRM driver published by ARM Holdings but only for the display side and on certain, newer Mali models.
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