ARMSOC X11 plugin issues

Maxime Ripard maxime.ripard at
Thu Jun 30 05:55:24 UTC 2016


On Sun, Jun 26, 2016 at 12:36:31AM +0300, Siarhei Siamashka wrote:
> > On 4 April 2016 at 11:45, Siarhei Siamashka <siarhei.siamashka at> wrote:
> > > This really must be something new, because I don't remember anything
> > > like this when skimming through the EULA back in 2013. Making the EULA
> > > even more restrictive seems to contradict with the promise of Jem
> > > Davies to provide legally redistributable mali binary drivers that
> > > we had in 2014:
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Can anyone from ARM provide an update on this?  
> > 
> > Getting fairly off-topic now, but the Midgard (6xx/7xx/8xx) drivers
> > are now redistributable.
> Hi Daniel,
> I'm not sure if this is really offtopic, because it is still related to
> the interoperability with the X server after all.
> Thanks for your comment. Sorry for a late reply, but I have just noticed
> that the ARM Mali Utgard GPU User Space Drivers page now has the
> r6p0-01rel0 release with an updated EULA, which is more permissive
> compared to the previous r5p0-01rel0 release:
> The page states that "A new and more permissive version was introduced
> in January 2016 and all Midgard user-space drivers starting with r6p0
> are now distributed under the new terms. The main changes are to allow
> redistribution of the binaries under the same EULA, commercial use and
> benchmarking. Please read the END_USER_LICENCE_AGREEMENT.txt document
> included in the packages for the exact licencing terms."
> There is obviously a minor mistake in this text, because it mentions
> "Midgard" (most likely a copy-paste issue).
> Anyway, it is good that the Utgard (Mali-400/450) binaries now got a
> usable license after all these years. And the weird benchmark results
> confidentiality clause has been also updated. Thanks to whoever finally
> made this happen!

Awesome news!

> Still I wonder who is going to also provide binaries for the 32-bit
> mode and for Mali-400 hardware (unless the userland binaries for
> Mali-450 are fully backwards compatible). Also the X11 binaries are
> still missing from the downloads page. Can ARM people comment on this?

I've been using at least the Mali-450 kernel driver here without any
issue, I don't know about the library though.

> Maxime, if you happen to have 32-bit redistributable userland
> Mali-400 binaries, could you please share them with the others?
> Maybe ARM people could even put them on their download page?

Unfortunately, I'm not clear on the license of the blobs I got. It's
something I need to take care of, thanks for reminding me.


Maxime Ripard, Free Electrons
Embedded Linux, Kernel and Android engineering
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