Heads Up! linux_dri on amd64

Beech Rintoul beech at freebsd.org
Mon Mar 17 20:44:35 UTC 2008

Install of graphics/linux_dri is about to be implemented for amd64. 
It's been tested with at least a couple of ports (skype for one) and 
they work correctly with it installed. I've posted a list of the 
ports which could be affected by this here:


These ports are already marked ONLY_FOR_ARCHS= i386, so this change 
shouldn't have any affect on them.

However, please bear in mind that linux_dri is not yet fully 
functional on the amd64 platform and applications using it will fall 
back to software rendering. While this is acceptable for ports like 
skype, it could cause serious performance issues with games and apps 
like google-earth (which is known to be completely broken with this). 
If you maintain one of these ports, or plan to port one to the tree, 
please thoroughly test for acceptable performance on amd64 before 
blindly enabling it.

I will be tracking and dealing with any fallout this causes, and 
contacting maintainers directly. If you have any issues, please 
contact me.


Beech Rintoul - FreeBSD Developer - beech at FreeBSD.org
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