Chrome OS 41 without X11 thanks Freon graphics stack




Google has added to Chrome OS 41 Freon graphics stack. Freon driver can directly address the DRM kms and APIs in the Linux kernel. It reduces a browser-based operating system increases dependence of traditional X11 display server.

New Google Chrome logo (120 pix) Besides direct communication with the DRM kms and APIs in the Linux kernel Freon can also generate based on OpenGL ES 3D graphics. According to Google Freon allows faster control of graphics inside Chrome OS 41 possible because the complex X11 display server is bypassed. It could also increase the battery life by more efficient management and the binaries for Chrome OS would be more compact.

Although Freon deals with X11 is the code not based on other display servers that are in development, such as Wayland and Canonical Mir, so writes Phoronix. Chrome OS with Freon currently runs on the Chromebook Pixel, Acer C720, Chromebox Asus, HP Chromebox, Chrome Base LG, Acer and Dell Chromebox Chromebox. Support for Chromebooks based on the ARM socs Samsung is expected later, perhaps with the release of version 43.


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