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Re: Towards d-i wheezy beta 3

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

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 Hutchings
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