The forbidden topic: Glamo OpenGL

Jacob Peterson jacobp at
Sun Nov 16 10:47:17 CET 2008

I just wanted to update.  I am trying to locate all the information I can
relating to the Glamo, including projects using the hardware acceleration
features of it on this wiki page [1].  I would like to use that page as a
starting point to help organize an effort to get something underway with
regard to the Glamo chip.  There is not much there at the moment since
information is quite hard to come by, but if anyone has further details or
updates please put them on the wiki page.



On Sat, Nov 15, 2008 at 1:13 AM, Michael Sheldon <mike at> wrote:

> Tim Schmidt wrote:
> > On Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 5:11 AM, Wolfgang Spraul <wolfgang at>
> wrote:
> >> Having said that, if someone wants to seriously develop for the glamo,
> >> please get in touch with me and we will find a legally correct way to
> >> extend the smedia documentation to you.
> >> In fact we have done that in a few cases before already, but I'm not
> >> sure how much actual codes have come out of that. I think very
> >> little ;-)
> >> So we need some really serious coders that don't mind a tough challenge.
> >
> > I am not a skilled developer, but I would be more than happy to
> > organize, and participate in a traditional clean room
> > re-implementation of the documentation.
> >
> > As a GTA02 owner, as a founding member of the Open Graphics Project,
> > as a Director of the Open Hardware Foundation, I believe I have the
> > resources to accomplish such a task.
> >
> > I'd love to try.
> >
> > Can we make it happen?
> >
> > --tim
> I'd certainly be interested in attempting to add OpenGL support to the
> glamo driver if documentation were to become available, but I'm hesitant
> to put myself forward for anything that would require Openmoko Inc. to
> go out of their way by jumping through administrative loop holes to give
> access to the NDA'd documentation, as I'm unlikely to actually succeed
> (I have some experience of driver development, and experience of OpenGL
> from a high level point of view, but no actual experience of graphics
> driver development).
> So I think a freely available clean room rewrite of the documentation
> would be very helpful, as there may well be others in a similar
> position, people willing to take a look at the problem, but not
> confident enough to cause OpenMoko Inc. extra hassle/work for what may
> result in nothing.
> Cheers,
>  Mike.
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