Status of Intel Broadwell GPU Support??

Theron theron.tarigo at
Wed Mar 22 17:20:42 UTC 2017

On 03/22/17 08:50, Bob Willcox wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 09:02:27AM +0000, Thomas Mueller wrote:
>>> Hooray!! My system is up and running the FreeBSDDesktop/freebsd-base-graphics version!
>>> The download, build, & install was mostly uneventful. Thanks again for your help!
>>> Bob
>>> Bob Willcox
>> Did you use freebsd-base-graphics for buildworld and buildkernel, or did you use the normal /usr/src for buildworld and freebsd-base-graphics for the kernel?
>> Tom
> I followed the instructions here:
> and used freebsd-base-graphics for both buildword and buildkernel. I'm not too
> clear on just what that means for any future updates, though. I have been
> hoping for the past year or more that the patches/changes included in
> freebsd-base-graphics would get integrated into the base. I really don't know
> if that's happened or planned to be done. Been kinda frustrating.
> Bob

I think the problem with upstreaming is that 
FreeBSDDesktop/freebsd-base-graphics uses elements of the Linux source 
tree organization, namely the drivers/gpu and Documentation/gpu 
directories, which do not fit in the normal FreeBSD source tree.  As far 
as I can tell the FreeBSDDesktop team did this to minimize differences 
between Linux and FreeBSD gpu sources.  Maybe these directories should 
be put elsewhere and just the makefiles modified to resolve the 
differences?  Or have the source consist of the files with unmodified 
Linux paths along side a patch file correcting the differences, 
similarly to ports?  Given that most technical issues are out of the way 
and that there is a high user demand for this support, it seems to be 
time for the developers to revisit this issue.


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