The State Of Open-Source ARM GPU Drivers

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2013-Sep-28 | Tags: developmentdriver

Linux on ARMRob Clark of the fast-growing Freedreno project provided a status update earlier this week at the X.Org Developers' Conference concerning his open-source ARM Qualcomm graphics driver, the Lima driver for ARM' Mali, GRATE for NVIDIA's Tegra, and Etnaviv for Vivante graphics hardware.

As Phoronix readers should know very well if you've been a loyal reader the past few years, the ARM Linux graphics situation has traditionally been a ridiculous mess. ARM vendors haven't been interested in open-source GPU drivers, there haven't been many successful ARM open-source graphics projects in the past, and for a long time Imagination's PowerVR technology dominated the ARM graphics space and many of the capable open-source developers happen to be tainted from working on a driver for those cores.

Fortunately, as Rob Clark was quick to point out in his presentation, the ARM GPU situation is a hell of a lot better today for open-source Linux fans. Among the recent accomplishments that were covered in his XDC2013 presentation:


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