Following some of the changes being worked on by the FreeBSD team to improve video driver support, including importing video drivers from Linux, the DragonFlyBSD team is now playing catch-up with the many changes happening in the FreeBSD ports tree. Rimvydas Jasinskas explains: As some of you are aware there were some recent developments regarding the DragonFly ports collection and FreeBSD-ports in general. Huge graphics stack update (including but not limited to dri, gbm, libdrm, libEGL, libGL, clang39, xorg-server and its drivers) was just pushed without giving us a any heads up to prepare for it or perform an early testing. This came as a surprise since last time we were notified about upcoming developments that allowed us could construct, patch and test the new stack. This is how RadeonSI card support was added to Xorg for the Radeon owners to enjoy running their desktop machines with accelerated graphics. We pushed ours and later FreeBSD pushed theirs since we have a different level of GPU support in kernel DRM drivers yet we share the same ports tree. However, this time it was not the case and we are trying to understand what has happened. We are aware that there is huge ongoing effort to finally import the DRM 4.9 GPU drivers from Linux using linux-kpi emulator layer allowing to copy/paste Linux drivers almost without modifications including the OFED. We understand this is quite an achievement that FreeBSD users will finally will be able to run their Desktop machines without a need to buy expensive NVIDIA cards and use binary blobs." The post goes on to explore some of the challenges the DragonFlyBSD ports team is facing as they try to test the new changes before releasing DragonFlyBSD 4.8.
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