[Replicant] Free software driver for MALI GPUs?

Jeremy Rand jeremyrand at airmail.cc
Mon Feb 26 05:05:50 UTC 2018

Josh Branning:
> There is a linux driver that is under a different license
> https://github.com/yuq/linux-lima
> This is the one stated on the sunxi wiki.
> As for mesa-lima, I don't know. If FAR 52.227-14 and DFAR252.227-7013
> are licenses then on the face of things they look very long and
> complicated. At the bottom, it notes that there may be export
> restrictions "as stated in the Software License agreement" which hints
> to there being even more legal stuff. I don't want to jump to
> conclusions, but I wouldn't be surprised if this software was non-free.
> It looks as if AMD own the rights, maybe someone could politely ask
> them, as it may be more complete than linux-lima (idk).
> What I do know is that it would be nice having a free, fully-functioning
> Mali 3D graphics driver, as I own a few Mali devices myself.

AFAIK those are both by the same developer, and are intended to be used
in tandem (one is a Linux fork, the other is a Mesa fork; both forks are
required to get the Mali GPU to work).

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