Setting up Starboard to use DirectFB on a Raspberry Pi

Starboard's Blitter API contains a DirectFB implementation. There does not currently exist a supported Starboard configuration for DirectFB on the Raspberry Pi, but it can be created easily by copying the raspi-0 configuration and modifying the setup to use the Blitter API with DirectFB instead of Dispmanx and EGL/GLES2.

You will also need to do some configuration of your Raspberry Pi's enviornment, and for that you should consult with the following steps.

Modifications to /boot/config.txt

Open ‘/boot/config.txt’ (as root) and uncomment/add the lines:


Modifications to /etc/fb.modes

Open ‘/etc/fb.modes’ (as root) and add the lines:

mode "1920x1080-24p"
  geometry 1920 1080 1920 1080 32
  timings 13468 148 638 36 4 44 5
  hsync high
  vsync high

Modifications to /etc/directfbrc

Open or create ‘/etc/directfbrc’ (as root) and add the lines:


Run fbset

At a terminal, execute the command:

$ fbset -depth 32

Now, when you type

$ fbset -i

You should see the output:

mode "1920x1080"
    geometry 1920 1080 1920 1080 32
    timings 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    rgba 8/16,8/8,8/0,8/24

Frame buffer device information:
    Name        : BCM2708 FB
    Address     : 0x3d402000
    Size        : 8294400
    Type        : PACKED PIXELS
    Visual      : TRUECOLOR
    XPanStep    : 1
    YPanStep    : 1
    YWrapStep   : 0
    LineLength  : 7680
    Accelerator : No

Running your executable

At this point, you should be able to run your executable. You will need to run it as root. You should be able to run as a normal user instead if you modify /etc/udev/rules.d/99-input.rules by adding the following contents:

SUBSYSTEM=="input", GROUP="input", MODE="0660"
KERNEL=="tty[0-9]*", GROUP="root", MODE="0666"
KERNEL=="mice", MODE="0666"
KERNEL=="fb0", OWNER="root", MODE="0660"


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