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SubjectRe: Linux 2.4.6-ac3
Alan Cox wrote:
> DRM 4.1 is something that needs discussion rather than being ignored. I sort
> of expect it to look like XFree code anyway and I can see bits of the macro
> stuff will really help with the *BSD code

Some of the discussions I've had with various people regarding the DRM
make me think people miss how tightly coupled the 3 parts of a full DRI
driver are (the other two parts being the XFree86 2D driver and the
client-side 3D driver). It's not like the various interfaces between
the 3 parts are changed for the fun of it. Granted, issues of backwards
compatibility haven't been handled well in the past, but with the next
resync I believe that moving forward this will no longer be a problem.
You'd have to talk to the guys at VA about this, however.

Portability and maintainability were certainly two motivating factors in
the move to a templated architecture for the core DRM. I just got sick
of seeing the same code in every driver -- kinda defeats the purpose of
having a "core" DRM if it isn't being used... New drivers are much
easier to write as well, which is a nice side-effect.

-- Gareth
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