[haiku-development] Re: R1 (Final) General Interest poll closed. Results posted. ...


  Well if you put linux drivers on the table. Why not other drivers from that 
one big company
?

  theres always NDISwrapper to start from.
On 14 Dec 2010 at 23:09, Ryan Leavengood wrote:

> On Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 7:16 PM,  <SMC.Collins@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> >    Atom BIOS was open sourced IIRC.
> >   can be found here.
> >
> >  xorg/driver/xf86-video-ati ("radeon")
> >
> > xorg/driver/xf86-video-radeonhd ("radeonhd")
> >
> >   I also belive the intel may have opensourced the intel drivers here
> >
> > http://intellinuxgraphics.org/
>
> I am not yet a driver developer (and may never be), so this may be a
> naive question, but why couldn't we write a Linux video driver wrapper
> like has been done for FreeBSD network drivers? Surely the time
> investment in developing such a system would be less than writing all
> the drivers for devices which are already nicely supported by open
> source Linux drivers? I am sure the architecture of Haiku and X.org
> video drivers is quite different (I know we have them split into a
> kernel driver and accelerant) but at the end of the day they both are
> just talking to the hardware. So logically it seems to that writing
> some sort of translation layer would be possible.
>
> If it is already known that this isn't possible, well OK, but I'd be
> curious to know why. If no one has yet investigated it, then I would
> suggest someone with more knowledge take a look. Or I could start down
> the road of becoming a driver developer and investigate it myself
> (though like everyone I already have plenty on my plate.)
>
> --
> Regards,
> Ryan
>



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