Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Tue 25th Jan 2011 15:29 UTC, submitted by sparklewind
BeOS & Derivatives A few months ago, a bounty for porting Gallium3D to Haiku was submitted. As the target sum of $2000 has been reached, what's needed now is a developer interested in doing the actual coding work. (Gallium3D is a cross-platform video driver API, on which an increasing number of open-source Linux drivers are based.)
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Why not accept that people actually knew what they were voting for and that I knew what I was talking about above?

Because I *seriously* doubt the > 1000 poll takers that I was referring to have tried Haiku on a large percentage of hardware. Out of the dozen or so machines I have tested Haiku on (mostly machines that are between 3 and 10 years old), the only one that springs to mind as having no accelerated video currently is my new Atom D510 with Intel's N10 video. I do have a Radeon HD machine that I use for a media center which probably doesn't work either, but I haven't tested Haiku on it yet.

No recent GPU that I've tried (various radeon and nvidia cards) supports HD modes or 2D acceleration.

And, so, what do you propose is the solution to this problem of modern AMD/nvidia cards not having working 2d acceleration support? Clearly Haiku supports 2d acceleration and modesetting, and only the drivers are missing. Are you proposing that Haiku needs to implement the Linux graphics stack and port all the Linux drivers (including closed source, binary ones from nvidia)?

Note: This is different than the 3d acceleration problem where there is no current example of working 3d acceleration in Haiku. That is why I believe the Gallium3d port is arguably more important.

And while we're quoting my emails, why not also include this bit:

I didn't intend to imply we should ignore the result entirely - what I meant to imply is that the result is of little value. It doesn't tell us which hardware we need to focus efforts on first - we're obviously
not going to have video mode setting drivers for every piece of hardware ready for R1, so setting that goal will basically delay R1 indefinitely.

Edited 2011-01-26 21:21 UTC

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