What is support status of PowerVR GPUs in Fedora? (Intel D2500 and gma500_gfx)

drago01 drago01 at gmail.com
Mon Nov 18 21:46:00 UTC 2013

On Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 10:11 PM, Rob Clark <robdclark at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 8:18 AM, Peter Robinson <pbrobinson at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 10:04 AM, Richard W.M. Jones <rjones at redhat.com> wrote:
>>> On Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 09:26:36AM +0100, valent.turkovic at gmail.com wrote:
>>>> So I have three options to suggest to my friend:
>>>> - Latest Fedora or Mint but with Vesa driver only, and maybe can't
>>>> even get full resolution then
>>>> - Old Ubuntu (but still supported) + prorietary drivers
>>>> - full blown priprietary - Windows 7 + Intel/PowerVR driver
>>> There also exist USB-based GPUs, ie. external GPUs that plug into
>>> laptops (or any machine) using USB.
>>> Although I don't think it's worth rescuing this "cheap 13" laptop" by
>>> spending yet more money on hardware which might have its own driver
>>> issues.
>>> Probably best to get rid of it on eBay and buy a decent laptop.  The
>>> ARM-based Samsung Chromebook is very cheap and runs Fedora.
>> The ARM laptop will have the same or worse issues in terms of GPU as
>> the x86 one.
> re: anything with powervr (arm or intel), sadly the best answer is run
> away as fast as possible
> re: arm chromebooks, well, there is some hope of eventually getting an
> open source driver, but it will be a long process.  Currently
> gnome-shell and related components in fedora need desktop opengl so
> blob driver doesn't help much.

Well in theory gnome-shell should work fine on GLES ... how does it fail?
(It is untested but it does not have any direct GL code, it uses cogl
which has an GLES2 backend).

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