Re: [RFC PATCH 0/3] staging: remove fbdev drivers

From: Geert Uytterhoeven
Date: Thu Dec 08 2016 - 09:22:17 EST

Hi Daniel,

On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 3:02 PM, Daniel Vetter <daniel@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 08, 2016 at 01:15:56PM +0100, Geert Uytterhoeven wrote:
>> On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 11:10 AM, Daniel Vetter <daniel@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> > On Thu, Dec 08, 2016 at 12:01:19PM +1100, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
>> >> On Wed, 2016-11-23 at 10:03 +0200, Tomi Valkeinen wrote:
>> >> > Since the fbdev framework is in maintenance mode and all new display drivers
>> >> > should be made with the DRM framework, remove the fbdev drivers from staging.
>> >> >
>> >> > Note: the patches are created with git format-patch -D, so they can't be
>> >> > applied. Only for review.
>> >>
>> >> I missed the discussion where this decision was made, I admit I am
>> >> unimpressed by it.
>> >>
>> >> DRM drivers don't strike me as suitable for small/slow cores with dumb
>> >> framebuffers or simple 2D only accel, such as the one found in the ASpeed
>> >> BMCs.
>> >
>> > We have a helper for simple drivers now, if you take into account the
>> > massive helper libraries for everything that comes along with drm I expect
>> > if even dumb panels behind slow spi buses drm is now the more suitable
>> > subsytem.
>> This has been going on your years:
>> 1. Fbdev is obsolete, everybody should use DRM instead!
>> 2. Can you please point me to a small sample driver for a dumb frame buffer?
>> 3. Several are being written, but none of them is upstream yet.
>> 4. Goto 1.
> Wut. We have like 20+ small atomic drivers nowdays.

That's fast! Only two weeks ago you said:

| Bummer, they still haven't landed. But afaik there's at least 4 of
| them floating around in various places ...

>> > That's correct, and drm can cope. And compared to fbdev there's a very
>> > active community who improves&refactors it every kernel release to make it
>> > even better. Since about 2 years (when atomic landed) we merge new drivers at
>> > a rate of 2-3 per kernel release, and those new drivers get ever simpler
>> > and smaller thanks to all this work.
>> You mean the kind of refactoring that causes severe merge conflicts between
>> drm-next and Linus' tree about every single day?
>> (sorry, couldn't resist ;-)
> Yeah, for a subsystem that only consists of 10% of the overall kernel (by
> patch count) we do an extremly shitty job. Maybe we should just all slow
> down and stop merging support for new hw, and fuck Android and CrOS and
> the billions of devices that don't ship upstream, who cares about those
> folks.

My apologies. In hindsight, my comment sounded much more insulting than it
was meant to be.

> If you're this good at mainting gpu and display subsystems, maybe you want
> to take over?

No please ;-)



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