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Old 03-03-2015, 09:44 AM   #1
VolumetricSteve
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General video card driver interest


I have a video card driver that is open source, and it got me thinking what exactly goes into making a driver for a video card. How do you begin that process? What sorts of things get considered? What I'm getting at is, how do video card vendors come up with drivers for their products?

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Old 03-03-2015, 10:08 AM   #2
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In old days when X Windows was released by Xfree86.org it was advised to look up source codes of it's included video card drivers.

These days Linux kernel ships with basic 2D KMS video card drivers. So it's source can be used to learn.

Others are svgalib drivers, linux kernel frame buffer drivers.

You should also see a section on video card at wiki.osdev.org
 
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