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SubjectRe: OpenGL-based framebuffer concepts
On Sun, May 28, 2006 at 08:59:19PM -0400, Jon Smirl wrote:
> On 5/28/06, Dave Airlie <airlied@gmail.com> wrote:
> >c) Lots of distros don't use fbdev drivers, forcing this on them to
> >use drm isn't an option.
>
> Why isn't this an option? Will the distros that insist on continuing
> to ship three conflicting video drivers fighting over a single piece
> of hardware please stand up and be counted? Distros get new drivers
> all the time, why will this be any different?

Often they flat-out don't work. Walk into a store and buy a random
laptop. Odds are it uses an Intel graphics chip. Now load intelfb on
this. Watch it completely fail to set a mode, as intelfb has no
knowledge beyond what the CRTC was like on i810.

The support offered by fbdev drivers is laughable in comparison to the
support offered by X drivers. If you're lucky, it fails cleanly. If
not, you're silently failing to get a working display.
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