Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Sep 2009 22:29 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Linux Open source 3D graphics drivers for ATI R600 garphics cards has been submitted to the kernel-next tree for possible inclusion in the Linux kernel 2.6.32. "David Airlie has pushed a horde of new code into his drm-next Git tree, which is what will get pulled into the Linux 2.6.32 kernel once the merge window is open. Most prominently, this new DRM code brings support for kernel mode-setting with R600 class hardware as well as 3D support."
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Just on KMS support
by lemur2 on Thu 10th Sep 2009 00:08 UTC
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Kernel Mode Setting is important because having that level of support in the kernel apparently means that the rest of the X graphics stack can be written to run in userland (i.e. it can run as a usermode program, it won't require root priveleges any more). This is a great improvement from a security perspective.

In turn this may also possibly allow X and/or the driver to crash, and be re-started, without crashing any application program.

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