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Re: Removing old unmaintained X drivers

On 29.09.2013 07:34, Bob Tracy wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 29, 2013 at 04:32:05AM +0100, Ben Hutchings wrote:
>> 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.
> (k)ubuntu's "plymouth" can't figure out a supported mode for a graphical
> boot, so I'm guessing vesa and fbdev fail worse than sis.  Only way to
> see anything besides a blank screen during boot is to tell grub not to
> do the whole splash screen thing.  Installs from scratch on this machine
> are "interesting."

plymouth has no use for the X driver, so issues with plymouth should be
shared by all use cases.


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