Xorg 7.4 release plan

Ian Romanick idr at us.ibm.com
Tue Feb 26 15:11:41 PST 2008

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Paulo Cesar Pereira de Andrade wrote:
| Adam Jackson wrote:
|> pciaccess is not done.  We still have ~20 drivers that haven't been
|> ported, and some of them are not quite trivial to convert.  This needs a
|> champion in a serious way.  I'm convinced enough of pciaccess' value
|> that I don't intend to revert it for 7.4, but we need to make progress
|> here.
|   Until all drivers are either ported, or dropped, at least an interface
| that converts old functions calls to pciaccess format should be made.
|   Last time I looked at the code, there was initial work on it, and since
| drivers that have support call xf86AddDriver with "HasDriverFuncs"
| instead of 0, it should be possible to adapt at run time.

This has been discussed before.  It is my belief that it would about as
much work to create such a layer as it would be to just port the drivers.

|   I am concerned more about if also because I need to work with VIA
| and SIS hardware and binary only modules for OEMs; and long delay from
| the vendors to adapt to changes.

That is an unfortunate side effect of those OEMs choosing to be
closed-source.  If they care about their customers, they'll update their
code quickly.  If they don't care about their customers...well, maybe
that's a sign of something.
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