AMD64 Xorg Help Needed

Adam Jackson ajax at
Thu Sep 16 15:03:10 PDT 2004

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On Thursday 16 September 2004 14:09, Mike A. Harris wrote:
> Saying it one more time - there is NO other Matrox driver in existance
> except for the "mga" driver.  There are 2 of them.  One included with
> X.Org and XFree86, and one on the Matrox website also called "mga",
> which comes with proprietary hallib module also, which supports some
> more hardware than what the "mga" driver alone does.

This is not entirely true.  The drivers on Matrox' site come in two flavors, 
"mga" for the G550 and below, and "mtx" for the G650, G750, and Parhelia.  To 
the best of my knowledge, Matrox' mga driver does not support any cards that 
our mga driver does not.

I would very much like to see the mtx driver opened and included in Xorg as 
much as possible - perhaps similar to the hallib split for mga - particularly 
since the mtx driver is 2D-only.  Even better would be unifying our mga 
driver to support >= G650 as well.  Has anyone talked to Matrox about this?  
Are there even any Matrox people on this list?

> The proprietary driver is not open source, and wont be included in
> the OS for that reason.

Again, to the best of my knowledge this is only true for mtx_drv.o.  Matrox' 
mga_drv.o is open in the MIT sense, though it does interface with the closed 

- - ajax
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