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

From: Benjamin Herrenschmidt
Date: Fri Dec 09 2016 - 06:45:27 EST

On Fri, 2016-12-09 at 09:34 +0100, Daniel Vetter wrote:
> Yeah if you have discrete vram then your dumb display driver isn't all
> that pretty. We essentially just have the few drivers Dave hacked up to be
> able to boot some servers. And there's definitely lots of room for more
> shared code for those, and also some better infrastructure and helpers to
> share more cod and make them better.
> The massive pile of dumb framebuffers we all merged over the past 2 years
> all use system/dma memory for scanout, and for those we have the very nice
> cma helpers that take care of everything for you.

Do they work if the system/DMA memory has to be physically contiguous
and at a fixed address ? The AST "ARM side" GPU is like that.

> So it is possible, only reason vram dumb buffers look worse is that there's
> only 3 and no one cares about them, vs about 20 and a very active community
> of contributors (also for core drm improvements) for the other case.

Well, we could move offb to drm while at it I suppose that would be another
one (offb is the "dumb driver based on pre-programmed output by firmware).

> Althought the MXSFB driver that just landed does use ttm and vram, so
> maybe that's now improving too.