Howto consolidate xgifb (staging) with sisfb

Alex Deucher alexdeucher at
Tue Mar 20 21:40:46 UTC 2012

On Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 5:06 PM, Aaro Koskinen <aaro.koskinen at> wrote:
> Hi,
> On Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 12:02:39AM +0100, Peter Hüwe wrote:
>> I'm currently trying to improve the xgifb driver from staging a bit and my
>> final goal is to probably merge this driver with the sis driver (as both card
>> families seem to have a lot in common).
>> However I'm a little bit unsure how to proceed here.
> I would first continue deleting unused dead code and definitions from the
> staging driver. We have already removed maybe 10000 lines of code without
> a loss of functionality, and I believe there is still more work to do.
> Then with the remaining code, we could start thinking how to consolidate
> the stuff with sisfb. Or even with the other fb drivers, I don't think
> stuff like bpp_to_var is specific to these two drivers.
> And once xgifb is cleaned up, the partial XGI support would be dropped
> from sisfb.

You could probably just add the pci ids to sisfb;  The xgi chips were
just rebadged sis chips.  IIRC, xgifb was just a fork of sisfb with
the strings changed.  XGI was a combination of the old trident and sis
graphics teams.  Most of the xgi cards were just rebadged sis cards
with the exception of the xp10 which was a trident variant and could
probably be merged with the tridentfb driver if there is one.

For reference see the X drivers:



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