Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Thu 13th Jan 2011 17:13 UTC, submitted by Michael
Linux "Now that the kernel mode-setting page-flipping for the ATI Radeon DRM kernel module has been merged into the Linux 2.6.38 kernel and the respective bits have been set in the xf86-video-ati DDX, we're in the process of running new open-source ATI graphics benchmarks under Linux. Our initial results (included in this article) show these latest improvements to cause some major performance boosts for the open-source ATI driver as it nears the level of performance of the proprietary Catalyst driver."
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by lemur2 on Fri 14th Jan 2011 12:56 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: great"
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Modesetting in the kernel is a requirement, not specifically KMS. Same for memory management.

Modsetting in the kernel is KMS.
Wayland leverages the very latest Linux graphics technologies and at that time all of Wayland's dependencies had to be patched or built from branched sources and Wayland even had its own EGL implementation at the time (Eagle) rather than Mesa and overall it was just a high barrier to entry. Wayland at that time also worked with only the open-source Intel driver, while now it can work with most any KMS / GEM / Mesa driver.

Wayland requires KMS, GEM and a Mesa driver. KMS is kernel modesetting (or modsetting in the kernel, if you like), and GEM is graphics memory mangement, also needs to be in the kernel.

For some parts of a graphics driver to be in the kernel, the kernel developers will only accept it if all of the driver is open source.

Edited 2011-01-14 12:58 UTC

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