OpenBSD Journal

OpenBSD Foundation: Call for support to continue Radeon KMS work

Contributed by pitrh on from the your-cash-for-better-code dept.

Bob Beck (beck@) wrote in a message to the OpenBSD mailing lists behalf of the OpenBSD Foundation:
Some of you may be aware of the recent developments in -current that have brought us Intel KMS Support. With this we get proper accellerated X on current and future Intel graphics hardware. There are a few other nice side benefits to this work:

- We gain the ability to use the kernel debugger and get debugging information when the system panics when you are in X windows.

- This also provides support for modern graphics outputs like HDMI and DisplayPort.
Work on this was largely done by Jonathan Gray (jsg@), and was supported by a generous sponsorship from M:Tier (, and by funds from the OpenBSD Foundation. We would especially like to thank M:Tier at this time for that support.

We would like to extend this work to support the ATI/AMD Radeon graphics hardware. To this end the Foundation as well as M:Tier have comitted to support Jonathan to continue the work done for Intel and extend it to the Radeon platform. Jonathan has started this work and basic KMS support is already working - however there is still a lot to do.

At of this time the Foundation lacks sufficient funds to follow this work through to completion. To that end, we are actively looking for a company or companies that could commit to supporting these efforts so that Radeon KMS support may be completed. We are looking for a total sponsorship goal of approximately $40,000. If you or your company can help with these efforts, please contact the OpenBSD Foundation ( We can either accept your donations directly or make other arrangements.

Thank you,


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  1. By Anonymous Coward ( on

    I just made a small contribution. Thanks to the developers for the work already done and thanks to the foundation for the effort to finish this off. This is a great project !


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