Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 12th Jan 2012 22:54 UTC
FreeBSD Some people already submitted this news last week, but it wasn't until today that it became official: the FreeBSD team has announced the release of FreeBSD version 9.0. As you may expect from the major version number change, this is releas eis packed with new stuff.
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RE[2]: hm...
by 0brad0 on Fri 13th Jan 2012 03:40 UTC in reply to "RE: hm..."
0brad0
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2007-05-05

GPL has its advantages. But it really is a tragedy that we can't (or won't) give them our driver code.


The license used on the code isn't the issue and the code in question is not GPL'd.

Edited 2012-01-13 03:41 UTC

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RE[3]: hm...
by sbergman27 on Fri 13th Jan 2012 05:14 in reply to "RE[2]: hm..."
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

the code in question is not GPL'd.


Yes it is. GEM is integral to any recent version of the Xorg intel driver. Try running an Intel graphics chipset without it. I have an Intel graphics chipset. So I know this very well.

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RE[4]: hm...
by 0brad0 on Fri 13th Jan 2012 05:35 in reply to "RE[3]: hm..."
0brad0 Member since:
2007-05-05

"the code in question is not GPL'd.


Yes it is. GEM is integral to any recent version of the Xorg intel driver. Try running an Intel graphics chipset without it. I have an Intel graphics chipset. So I know this very well.
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I was talking about the X DDX driver (xf86-video-intel) and Mesa. You're talking about the Linux kernel code. It's of no use to anyone else besides Linux so the license is irrelevant.

The *BSD OS's are already using the Intel driver with GEM without any GPL'd code.

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RE[4]: hm...
by phoenix on Fri 13th Jan 2012 19:32 in reply to "RE[3]: hm..."
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

The FreeBSD Foundation is funding work on "porting" kernel mode setting (KMS), GEM, and other bits to make newer Intel graphics work. There's beta-quality bits available for testing already, with several users reporting success using them.

And there's even someone working on the KMS stuff for the Radeon driver.

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