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Re: Thinking about a "jessie and a half" release

On Mon, 2016-07-04 at 16:01 -0400, Nicholas D Steeves wrote:
> > >  * rebuilt d-i to match that kernel
> > 
> > You know there are patches around for that.
> > 
> > >  * X drivers
> > 
> > I don't see backports for them.
> libdrm2: 2.4.68-1~bpo8+1
> libgl1-mesa-.*: 11.1.3-1~bpo8+1
> xserver-xorg-video-intel:2:2.99.917+git20160522-1~bpo8+1

As I understand it, xserver-xorg-video-modesetting should be used
instead of xserver-xorg-video-intel, for chips supported by the i915
kernel driver.  So the latter should be changed to limit the device IDs
it claims, then both of them should be backported.

> So for radeon hardware enablement, there is 1) the proprietary driver

fglrx is dead upstream and removed from unstable.  (It's still in
jessie-backports, but should be removed there as well.)

> Also, I imagine this might one day be necessary,
> particularly if tracking backported linux-src due to ABI changes
> between kernels, eg: if the out-of-tree drivers in testing begin to
> require >> linux-src=3.16.0 ABI.

I think you mean API.  We don't ship out-of-tree drivers as binaries.

> Ben, could you please lend your insight into this point?

I don't know what the question is.  I have no involvement in
maintenance or testing of out-of-tree drivers, other than occasionally
checking whether they build against the current kernel version and
filing bugs on those that don't.



Ben Hutchings
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
                                                               - John

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