Wednesday, January 30, 2019

New VMware native driver for AROS!

This news, my friends, is really BIG. I had to keep my mouth shut for some days, but I can now announce something great for Icaros and AROS in general: we finally have a native SVGA driver for VMware! What does this mean? In a nutshell, that we can now abandon VESA modes under the most famous virtualisation platform and we will be able to change screen resolution with Prefs/ScreenMode. But that's not, obviously, the only advantage. We're getting 2D acceleration as well, with all the good things it can bring. Our hero, this time, is Claudio Russo, who was absolutely not satisfied with the old stub included with AROS and decided to give it a go. Users of Icaros 2.2.6 can already notice that the vmwaresvga.hidd included with the distribution is different from the one in AROS nightly builds: it enables Full HD, 2K and 4K resolutions. But this is just the first evidence of Claudio's work on the driver. Since then, development went on for some weeks, and now VMware SVGA driver allows screen dragging, many more screen resolutions and fast screen refresh. You can see it in action in the following video. There are some little and bigger quirks still to be fixed here and there, but we are confident that the new driver will be ready for debuct on Icaros Desktop 2.2.7, when it will be released. A very big thank you to Claudio Russo for his effort!