Status of the siliconmotion fd.o driver

Francisco Jerez currojerez at
Thu Jan 14 16:35:18 PST 2010


Bernie Innocenti <bernie at> writes:

> Hello Francisco,
> you appear to be a maintainer of the xf-86-video-siliconmotion
> tree at

Alex (CC'ed) is the "official" maintainer, but neither of us has been
doing anything siliconmotion-related for a while, I just have look at
the bugzilla every now and then.

> I'm comparing this driver with the codebase maintained by Silicon
> Motion. Functionally, the most noticeable difference is that the fd.o
> driver has been updated to support the current X server ABI, while the
> Siliconmotion driver contains new features and bugfixes.
> My goal is to get hardware accelerated graphics on the Lemote Yeeloong,
> which is a MIPS-based laptop with a LynxEM+ 712.
> After fixing a few problems with direct access to programmed I/O ports
> at initialization time, I got the fd.o driver to initialize and restore
> the video mode registers, although the display is still garbled.

Strange, that card used to work not so long ago, also on some MIPS.

> To prevent duplication of effort, I'd like to know if anyone else is
> interested in synchronizing changes across these drivers. If not, would
> patches going in this direction be welcome?

No-one else I know of is working on it right now, and, yes, they would
be welcome for sure.
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