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Re: Removing old unmaintained X drivers

On Sat, 2013-09-28 at 10:16 -0500, Bob Tracy wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 28, 2013 at 02:29:05PM +0100, Jurij Smakov wrote:
> > On Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 10:26 PM, Julien Cristau <jcristau@debian.org>wrote:
> > > (...)
> > > xserver-xorg-video-sis
> > > (...)
> The SiS chipset was, unfortunately, really popular with manufacturers of
> relatively expensive micro PeeCees (EzGo, Jadetec, etc.), which were
> essentially notebook hardware crammed into a small desktop case.  Here's
> a link with good pics: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/smallest,530-2.html
> and see also http://www.snotmonkey.com/work/ezgo/ for detailed specs.
> It's based on the P4, and I've got one of them.  Case has the footprint
> of a "shuttle", but is about half the height.  If I *could* switch video
> cards, I'd do it in a heartbeat because SiS video cards have given me nothing
> but grief through the years.
> In the "unsolved wontfix" ubuntu bug list for the driver, mention is
> made of the fact XAA support went bye-bye, and the attempted use of EXA
> causes looping segfaults on X server startup.  Only current workaround
> is to disable acceleration.  Truly a case of "bad breath is better than
> no breath".

This sounds like a good reason to remove it, unless both vesa and fbdev
also fail on this hardware.


Ben Hutchings
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