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Re: Moblin 2 and Fedora

On Fri, 2009-05-08 at 11:03 -0700, Adam Williamson wrote:

> Yes, it more or less does; that's why they sub-contracted the
> development, the hardware is substantially different from previous Intel
> chips, and the existing Linux development team within Intel didn't have
> much familiarity with it, and was too busy to drop everything and learn
> about this new hardware. So they contracted development out to a group
> who are very familiar with the PowerVR hardware, but apparently think a
> driver which relies on a libdrm branch and three separate chunks of
> proprietary code (not to mention a badly-written kernel module just to
> make 2D work) is a sensible design.

More accurately, that's what Tungsten _had_ to implement, because
Imagination (the PowerVR people) were unwilling or unable to allow open

> I've been told, though, that the GMA500 is actually a Frankenstein
> design, with the PowerVR 3D (and hardware video playback acceleration)
> core glued on to a standard Intel 2D core, so if that's accurate, it
> should be reasonably easy to come with at least a basic native
> accelerated 2D driver which doesn't depend on all the horrible
> proprietary crack, which would be fine for a lot of people. The 3D and
> video playback acceleration features are nice, but not essential. It'd
> be nice if Intel would just kick out a driver like that, at least.

IIRC it's an Intel-ish output block, but PVR acceleration blocks (both
2D and 3D).  Not quite the same thing.

- ajax

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