Re: X video drivers appropriate for ARM?
On Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 12:24:11AM +0200, Konstantinos Margaritis wrote:
> On 24 March 2011 23:57, Bryce Harrington <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > I am reviewing the default X drivers included in xorg for arm, and
> > notice there are a number which are pretty obscure and perhaps
> > irrelevant. I'm wondering if we can safely drop most of these from
> > xserver-xorg-video-all?
> FWIW, this BR has been filed for armhf,
> I guess it could be slightly modified for both armhf/armel, but in
> essence, that's the main idea.
I see this includes -vesa, although as Luke pointed out perhaps since
it's an x86 bios function it is not needed on armel? It's a tiny, tiny
driver so definitely no biggy to keep it in if there's any conceivable
doubt that it might be needed, but afaik there's no way for it to work
on armel. Is armhf different in this respect?
-nv has been deprecated and is no longer actively maintained, which is
why I omitted it. Since it is a non-kernel-modesetting driver, perhaps
it has some relevance on arm? However, I'm unsure if it still builds
with the current xserver ABI, anyway. -nouveau would be a better choice
but is dependent on having kernel modesetting, which I gather is not
(yet?) possible on armel?
-ati I've wondered about myself. This can be used in both KMS and
non-KMS configurations and is actively maintained; it supports a wide
range of cards. It could be worth retaining in the list if there's a
chance some pci arm systems could make use of it.