Subject: Shark and XFree86
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Michael Lorenz <email@example.com>
Date: 12/05/2006 23:50:43
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now I have a working, modular XFree86 with wsfb up and running on my
So far XFree86 isn't part of NetBSD/shark, binaries for -current are
and an example XF86Config is here:
the only useful driver for now is wsfb which is a dumb framebuffer
without any knowledge about the actual hardware, it requires the
console to run in graphics so you'll need a kernel with something else
than vga as console.
uses igsfb, it will switch to 1024x768 in 8 bit. Speed isn't quite as
good as with vga ( it's still graphics after all ) but not that slow
either since we can use the blitter. It also provides a hardware cursor
which wsfb will use.
This should work on all rev. 5 sharks - older machines use a different
graphics chip, namely a C&T65550, a kernel driver exists but so far
only for the PCI variant ( I wrote it for an old PowerBook ), not for
the VLB one used in the shark.
There is no accelerated driver in XFree86 4.x for the IGS2010 graphics
controller used in rev. 5 sharks but there is one for the C&T65550 -
there was an igs driver in XFree86 3.x which I'm going to port. The
chips driver may or may not Just Work on rev. 4 or older sharks - I
have no way to test it but it's included in the XFree86 tarball
mentioned above so if you have the right hardware please give it a try.
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