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SubjectRe: SVGA kernel chipset drivers.
On Mon, 3 Jun 1996, Theodore Y. Ts'o wrote:

> Date: Mon, 3 Jun 1996 20:36:14 +1000 (EST)
> From: Matty <matt@blitzen.canberra.edu.au>
>
> Back onto the X point, the kernel routines are the low-level stuff
> specific to the graphics cards. Make them VESA compliant so that as many
> cards as possible are supported, and the standard kernel API can be called
> by X to do whatever.....
>
> This is another example of what happens when amatuers post to
> linux-kernel.... :-)
>
> If you make the routines VESA complaint, then they can't take advantage
> of any of the card-specific accelerated features. This means that
> performance of the X server will go *down* as a result.

Granted, but it would be an option for new cards that no one's
written proper drivers for yet. Better lousy performance than none at
all, right? Also, VESA is working on VBE/AF, an acceleration functions
API. The Universal Vesa BIOS Extender for DOS has support for this in
its current release already, though not for all cards.

Jon Taylor = <taylorj@gaia.ecs.csus.edu> | <http://gaia.ecs.csus.edu/~taylorj>
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