(Crowd funded) fix for SiS 671/771 video cards
airlied at gmail.com
Sun May 12 13:35:39 PDT 2013
On Mon, May 13, 2013 at 1:55 AM, Alan Coopersmith
<alan.coopersmith at oracle.com> wrote:
> On 05/12/13 03:16 AM, Connor Behan wrote:
>> If you mean included with an Xorg katamari, there is probably no point.
>> Most distros package individual components. As for why some drivers like
>> these need to be downloaded from unofficial git repos while other
>> drivers that are equally old have official git repos on freedesktop.org?
>> I don't know why that is.
> The repos on freedesktop.org are the drivers that either originated from
> X.Org (most originally from XFree86 before the fork) or which the authors
> have asked us to host in our repos for collective development, allowing
> X.Org developers to update the drivers when they change the server API.
> I'd actually never heard of this xf86-video-sis671 before this thread,
> so presumably the author likes keeping it separate, hidden, and fully
> their responsibility to keep working.
What happened went something like, Xorg SiS driver maintained by Thomas,
then he had a premium version that he used to sell, when he gave up I think
he might he code dropped the premium one but not in our tree or something.
Then SiS forked an old version of the X.org one for the 671, released
containing pieces of support for the chip and maybe pieces of the
I spent a day once trying to create a sensible set of patches to get
from a to b,
and put them in git. I failed. I see you can get these motherboards on
ebay for $60.
Ideally someone would buy one, take our current sis driver, and make
patches to add hw support for the new chips.
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