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Re: KDE Support in Debian

On Tuesday 10 November 2009 15:27:35 Nate Bargmann wrote:
> * Jan De Luyck <mailinglists+debiankde_20070717@kcore.org>
> [2009 Nov 10 09:28 -0600]:
> > I'm using KDE4 on my sid (unstable) workstation and laptop without any
> > KDE- related problems.
> This may be KDE or Debian related, but I know that on this T41 laptop I
> cannot run full desktop effects with the latest Sid.  I use the Radeon
> Xorg driver and when I select desktop effects all of the Plasma related
> stuff on the screen is corrupted.  Meanwhile, I have Kubuntu 9.10
> installed on another partition on this laptop and it absolutely rocks
> with full desktop effects enabled--same hardware and Xorg driver.

Did you install the proper firmware package?  The firmware is arguably non-
free, so it doesn't appear in Debian kernels.  It may appear in Ubuntu kernels 
because they take a different stance on such firmware.

> I'm not sure if the reason is simply the 2.6.31 kernel in Kubuntu
> versus the 2.6.30 kernel in Sid or if the Kubuntu kernel has been
> compiled with desktop support and Debian's has not.  Some time ago
> after discussion on this list I filed a Debian bug wishlist report
> asking for a Debian kernel with the desktop support enabled.  It was
> closed as "will not fix".

Yes, pending a formal vote, firmware without source code will not be added 
back to the Debian kernel, and such firmware will be removed as bugs are filed 
against it.

I agree with Debian's stance on the firmware issue.  Others may not, even if 
they are similarly concerned with software freedoms in general.
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