[Intel-gfx] Console framebuffer support.
Raúl Sánchez Siles
rasasi78 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 9 14:16:04 PST 2009
El Jueves 08 Enero 2009, escribió:
> On Thu, 2009-01-08 at 00:00 +0100, Raúl Sánchez Siles wrote:
> > Hello:
> > I'm interested in being able to use console in framebuffer mode as
> > opposed to regular text (80x25) mode. There are several reasons, maybe
> > the most important is that 25 text lines is far little to get enough
> > hacking information.
> > AFAIK, and please correct me if I'm wrong, frame buffer in console is
> > an unsupported feature. This means than you may rise into problems if you
> > try to use vesafb or intelfb driver at the same time as intel xorg
> > driver. This is also true for latest Linux kernel or Xorg releases.
> > I myself have run into trouble recently when upgrading to 2.5 xorg
> > driver branch, but as a exception I've used vesafb without trouble so far
> > (2.3 and 2.4 branches)
> > My questions are:
> > · Is indeed any kind of console frame buffer driver is supported
> > currently · What are the possibilities if you want to run frame buffer on
> > console · Is/are any of them expected to be supported
> Kernel modesetting has been merged to the DRM in linus master. It is
> currently rather unstable, and for X on top of it you require the latest
> userland from git. However, it is what will be supported now and in the
Thanks for the answer Eric. This was the hint I was looking for. Pulling for
your answer I got to find a rather interesting article  which clarifies
most of the issue.
In short, no kms sooner than 2.6.29, intel 2.6 and xserver 1.5. I imagine
that there will be a new driver in the kernel which will provide intel+kms
and xorg driver will remove the modesetting functionality, right?
Also one more question: apart of xorg is there any other userspace
Regards and thanks for your hard work on free graphics drivers.
Raúl Sánchez Siles
----->Proud Debian user<-----
Linux registered user #416098
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