drivers to de-support (was: [PATCH 2/3] xorg-server.pc.in: Remove libpciaccess and pixman-1 from Requires)
mattst88 at gmail.com
Sat Sep 17 08:59:29 PDT 2011
On Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 9:36 PM, Michael <macallan1888 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, 16 Sep 2011 21:13:10 -0400
> Matt Turner <mattst88 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > Which goes back to another question raised at XDC - is it time to start
>> > dropping support for video drivers the way we have for input drivers?
>> > rendition is one of my favorite examples there - it's so old that
>> > Windows support isn't available for anything newer than Windows 98.
>> > Since Solaris 11 dropped 32-bit CPU support and is going 64-bit only,
>> > the list of video drivers we'll be shipping shrunk dramatically, based
>> > on those we expected to see in x64 systems, and is just:
>> > xf86-video-ast xf86-video-mach64 xf86-video-trident
>> > xf86-video-ati xf86-video-mga xf86-video-vesa
>> > xf86-video-cirrus xf86-video-nv xf86-video-vmware
>> > xf86-video-dummy xf86-video-openchrome
>> > xf86-video-intel xf86-video-r128
>> > Besides the obvious ones, Cirrus survived mainly for the emulated forms in
>> > qemu & similar virtualization, Trident because Sun shipped one on board in
>> > one of our early AMD64 servers (the Sun Fire V20z), Matrox because of the
>> > number of server/blade systems using service processors such as those from
>> > Emulex with G200SE & similar graphics. I don't actually have a good reason
>> > why "nv" survived since we ship the nvidia proprietary driver.
>> > On the sparc side, we just ship ast & ati, since that's all that's supported
>> > in
>> > the SPARC server models that Solaris 11 officially supports.
>> I think we should simply maintain the drivers we care about. I'll try
>> to keep -glint going. For other drivers without any sort of
>> maintainer, I don't think anything really changes from what's going on
> We ( as in NetBSD ) already keep a bunch of patches to a bunch of drivers namely:
> - chips. Put back basic ISA/VL support back so it can run on NetBSD/shark. It's also used in some old PowerBooks which some people still find useful ( that's PCI though )
> - we keep mach64, r128 and old radeon support going because they were used in lots of Suns and Power Macs
> - we have feature updates and fixes for almost all SBus and UPA drivers ( yes we run Xorg on almost everything )
> - we use wsfb instead of vesa wherever we have a mappable framebuffer
> have fun
Where's the SGI O2's video driver? It's still not hosted on FDO. I
thought that was one reason you were getting commit access.
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