Looks like FreeBSD / PC-BSD will be getting support for GEM/KMS in the near future!

The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce that Konstantin 
Belousov has been awarded a grant to implement support of GEM,
KMS, and DRI for Intel Drivers. This project is being 
co-sponsored by iXsystems.

The project is to implement GEM, port KMS, and write new 
DRI drivers for Intel Graphics, including the latest 
Sandy Bridge generation of integrated graphic units. 
The work should allow the latest Intel open-source driver 
to run on FreeBSD, expanding the range of hardware where 
FreeBSD is suitable for the desktop.

For more details, take a look at the announcement e-mail:


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Written by Kris Moore. Posted in 9.0, new features

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Comments (7)

  • Gustau Pérez
    February 17, 2011 at 2:56 am |

    This is good news. Will be there a public svn/cvs/whatever available to checkout the code ?

  • NaX
    February 17, 2011 at 3:36 am |

    This is very good news, I just hope that once KMS is implemented that ati and nvidia KMS driver support is also going to be added, Or maybe support for the Linux KMS drivers.

    This is really good news for Desktop BSD’s like PC-BSD. Next devd support for KDE would great.

  • ams
    February 18, 2011 at 6:21 am |

    Good news for Wayland and Sandy Bridge?

  • ams
    April 26, 2011 at 5:02 pm |

    Bump. Any updates? Maybe a project link?
    How long does a comment need to be to publish?

    • April 27, 2011 at 5:01 am |

      Work is progressing but it is too early yet for anything to be tested. We’ll definitely post on the blog (and incorporate into the testing snapshots) once something is ready to test.

  • Gustau Pérez
    June 6, 2011 at 6:32 am |

    A time ago I read that GEM/KMS code would be included into 9.0-RELEASE. Is this still true ? I think the initial code freezes will begin this mid-june, so I think the code should be available soon in case it is to be included into 9.0-RELEASE.

    Any info/ETA on this ?

  • January 17, 2012 at 2:11 am |

    I have tried out the PC-BSD 9.0 Live DVD and the KMS support is still not working , hopefully soon they will have code stable enough to put into that distribution. That would be awesome.

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