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Re: Getting Intel Cedarview drivers into Debian

On 21.02.2013 19:42, Carlos Alberto Lopez Perez wrote:
On 21/12/12 14:23, Mikko Rasa wrote:
Hi Debian developers,

I'm working as a consultant on a project to develop drivers for the
PowerVR graphics processor in the Cedarview family of Intel Atom
microprocessors in a Debian environment.  The current target is Wheezy,
and Intel wishes to get the drivers into the official distribution.

What they've failed to take into account is that Wheezy is currently
frozen in preparation of release, so I'm more than a bit skeptical of
getting a new package in (I was only brought in to the project very
recently).  However, I promised to ask you about this, so here we go.

It should be noted that due to licensing issues, the driver will be
closed source.  The kernel component is under the GPL, so a dkms package
will be made.

There's also one kernel patch that needs to be applied to Wheezy's
kernel for the driver to function.  The patch has been accepted to the
mainline kernel, and my understanding is that it's included in the 3.7

On to questions:

1. Is there any possibility of getting the drivers in the initial Wheezy
release?  If so, what needs to happen on our end?

2. What about a subsequent update to Wheezy?  I wasn't able to find
information on what kinds of changes are permitted.

3. Neither us nor Intel has any Debian developers on our respective
payrolls.  What's the best approach for maintaining the package?  Should
someone from Intel become a maintainer, or are there some existing
developers or maintainers that can take responsibility of the package
after the initial work is complete?



Has been there any progress related to this?

Ubuntu 12.04 has this drivers already packaged. You can take their
packages and adapt them to Debian Wheezy.


Unfortunately Ubuntu packages won't work on Debian Wheezy because the
binary blob for the Xorg driver (cedarview-graphics-drivers) is linked
with glibc 2.15 and Wheezy has 2.13.

I would be interested in testing any package that you may have for
Wheezy. Just let me know about it.


There's been some progress, but unfortunately we've found way more problems than we expected. Much of this is result of us receiving an incorrect version of the driver source code. The project has been on hold during February while the sales departments have discussed its continuation. It looks like it's resuming now, but there are still issues that need to be resolved for the driver to be considered production quality.


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