[Mesa-dev] DEATH to old drivers!

Ian Romanick idr at freedesktop.org
Wed Aug 24 12:11:32 PDT 2011

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I'd like to propose giving the ax to a bunch of old, unmaintained
drivers.  I've been doing a bunch of refactoring and reworking of core
Mesa code, and these drivers have been causing me problems for a number
of reasons.

1. The hardware is so old that it doesn't support a lot of features that
have been common for 12+ years.

2. The drivers are so unmaintained that even hacking in new features
with dummy implementations is painful.

3. The drivers are so buggy that many piglit tests hang the GPU.  I
tried doing a piglit run on a Rage128 Pro that I have, but I gave up
after having to blacklist 15 tests.

It also seems that at least some distros (e.g., Fedora) have stopped
shipping non-DRI2 drivers.  If nobody is shipping it, nobody is using it.

My specific proposal is:

 - Remove all DRI1 drivers: i810, mach64, mga, r128, savage, sis, tdfx,
and unichrome.

 - Remove all unmaintained Windows drivers: gldirect, icd.

 - Remove beos.

 - Remove fbdev (this is swrast on raw fbdev).

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