Re: [RFC PATCH 0/3] staging: remove fbdev drivers
From: Laurent Pinchart
Date: Tue Dec 13 2016 - 10:17:15 EST
On Thursday 08 Dec 2016 11:10:05 Daniel Vetter 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:
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > 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
> > With drmfb you basically have to shadow everything into memory & copy
> > over everything, and locks you out of simple 2D accel. For a simple text
> > console the result is orders of magnitude slower and memory hungry than
> > a simple fbdev.
> Not true, we have full fbdev emulation, and drivers can implement the 2d
> accel in there. And a bunch of them do. It's just that most teams decided
> that this is pointless waste of their time.j
And I'd argue that a better use of time would be to implement an accelerated
console that does not use fbdev at all.
> > At least that was the case last I looked at the DRM stuff with Dave,
> > maybe things have changed...
> > Not everything has a powerful 3D GPU.
> 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.