On Mon, 2012-09-10 at 21:10 +0200, Philipp Kern wrote: > On Sun, Sep 09, 2012 at 08:38:38PM -0300, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote: > > I'd like to see it recommend the instalation of (or just install by default) > > system processor microcode update packages when non-free is enabled on a x86 > > arch (i386 or amd64) and the running processor is either Intel or AMD > > (easily identified by a grep in /proc/cpuinfo). > > If we do that the same should also happen for firmware-linux-nonfree. Loading > the radeon KMS module without firmware available results in an unusable > (text) console. (Yes, it might be considered a bug that radeon is loadable > without.) Upstream has said repeatedly that radeon is supposed to fall-back and work without the microcode, and the driver certainly attempts to do that. With the older chips this seems to result in 3D acceleration being unavailable, but I agree that the fallback is broken for newer chips. I don't have any expectation of being able to fix the fallback, so any fix would result in aborting the driver probe if firmware files are not available. But I also don't want to push users to install from non-free if it's avoidable, so I want to get a clear picture of which chips this needs to be done for. Ben. -- Ben Hutchings Make three consecutive correct guesses and you will be considered an expert.
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