Xorg for Solaris SPARC?

I got two comments quickly after my last post, and have been asked a few other times lately, so I'll post the answer here as a new entry so it's more visible. The question is “So when will we have Xorg on Solaris SPARC?” The answer unfortunately is simply “I don't know.” The Sun Ray team are working on porting the Sun Ray drivers to Xorg and the SPARC graphics group are porting the XVR-2500 drivers to Xorg. Our group provides assistance as needed, but most of the work is in the hands of those groups, and I don't know their plans for release schedules yet (and it wouldn't be my place to announce for them even if I did). It's being worked on, but that's about all I know or can say right now.

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When the spec comming out for the xvr-2500? Got a new gfx project which requires programmable gfx cards so run out of luck with my xvr-600. Also is it the end of the line for all the pci gfx cards? Any idea who I can email about this?

Posted by jpdrawneek on February 16, 2006 at 06:26 AM PST #

Will drivers for older hardware be ported/present? My U60 is still kicking...

Posted by florin on February 16, 2006 at 07:10 AM PST #

jpdrawneek: I don't know. Your Sun sales rep may be able to help, or the "Contact" link on the graphics card web page at http://www.sun.com/products/accessoriesint.jsp?tab=1 .

florin: Drivers for UPA cards like Creator (ffb) and Elite3D (afb) probably won't be ported by Sun. Someone who is interested may be able to port the support from BSD or Linux. For PCI cards based on the ATI chips (PGX, PGX-24, PGX-64, XVR-100), we may be able to leverage the x86 Xorg ATI drivers, but have not yet determined if we can or will do so. Right now, XVR-2500 is the only card with Xorg plans set, with the rest to be determined.

Posted by Alan Coopersmith on February 16, 2006 at 08:32 AM PST #

I wonder if Xgl will provide a way of getting new Xorg features on older sparc framebuffer cards? It runs on top of another X server with opengl (glx) support, which Xsun provides.

Posted by Luke on February 16, 2006 at 02:28 PM PST #

Xgl might be a possibility. After just a couple of days work, Roland Mainz had it almost working on a SunBlade 1500 demo machine running Solaris 10 with Xsun & Solaris OpenGL in the X.Org booth last year at LinuxWorld Boston - I don't know if any of the changes Novell developed in the last year have changed the feasibility of that or not. It would be an interesting project for someone in the community to try.

Posted by Alan Coopersmith on February 22, 2006 at 07:12 AM PST #

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