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[20070401] More on DRM, DRI, and whatever else is needed for hardware-accelerated 3D gfx
Further work has been done on DRI and DRM support, to the extent of getting 2100FPS in glxgear and running compiz ``with all of the fancy wobbly / expose / fade / etc. plugins active''. Jared McNeill did a lot of the work in that area, and he also provided the start of a mesa-dri package that can be found in pkgsrc-wip/mesa-dri now, and which is the OpenGL library that uses the DRI/DRM interface. A lot of this is work in progress, and there's also a status report with some hints on how to get various cards going, together with some more hints on how to get things going here and here.

There's no consistent documentation available on this yet, but maybe someone wants to start something, e.g. on wiki.onetbsd.org?

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[20070401] Towards hardware-accelerated 3D graphics: Direct Rendering Manager (drm) support
Yorick Hardy has posted that he got support for direct render manager (drm) working yesterday. The Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) provides kernel support to give direct hardware access to clients using the Direct Render Infrastructure (DRI), in other words: this is useful for hardware-accelerated 3D graphics. See the FreeDesktop.org page on DRM for more information.

Originating on FreeBSD and adopted for NetBSD's autoconf and bus_dma framework by Yorick, the code's already committed to NetBSD-current and waiting for testers (and documentation writers... anyone? :). See Yorick's original mail for some instructions on how to get started.

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[20050629] Buzzword bingo: BSD, TCG, TC, TPM and DRM
After Linux got drivers for the "TPM" digital rights management chip (see tpmdd, trousers, german language report on Heise Newsticker) , the question about interest and support in in BSD was asked on the German-language BSD forum BSDforen.de. A questionnaire was sent to single developers of the various BSD projects (one of them being me, after Christos and Alan said everything there really is to say: nothing at all :-). Here are some answers, all little surprising, by DragonflyBSD's Matt Dillon, FreeBSD's Scott Long as well as myself for NetBSD.

Best entry in the thread is probably Daniel Seuffert's summary, commenting on Linux jumping after every M$ feature: ``You shouldn't complain about fleas tomorrow if you go to sleep with the dogs tonight''. I think he's right, and I don't want any DRM near me. No, thanks. Never.

(Lars, who posted that questionnaire, also sent me a number of interesting links for learning more about the whole issue at hands: The AgainstTCPA website, Ross Anderson's TCPA-FAQ, Bruce Schneier's CryptoGram on TCPA etc. and Chaosradio #78 )

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