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Re: Packagaing nouveau firmware

On Mon, 2010-03-29 at 07:23 +0200, Sven Joachim wrote:
> On 2010-03-29 03:36 +0200, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> > On Fri, 2010-03-26 at 18:43 +0100, Sven Joachim wrote:
> >> Followed by the text of the actual license.  Since Nvidia does not
> >> distribute the files themselves and their license only allows
> >> redistribution of unmodified files, it seems that if the files are
> >> copyrightable they are also undistributable, but I'm no legal expert.
> >
> > I think this is legally risky and ftpmaster will probably not allow it.
> Yeah.  I'll mention this problem in xserver-xorg-video-nouveau's
> README.Debian and include a script to download and install the firmware.

I don't think you need to mention it.

> >> An alternative to the nouveau-firmware package would be to backport
> >> Marcin Kościelnicki's ctxprogs generator that is included in 2.6.34.
> >> It generates the GPU initialization data on the fly, so no firmware is
> >> needed.
> >
> > Right, I think we may have to do that.
> Actually, that generator is only for NV50 cards (for NV40 cards there is
> already a generator in 2.6.33), which is what I have here.  I don't know
> if there are any other supported cards which still need external
> firmware.

After this change, external firmware/ctxprogs are optional for all cards
(it will only be used if you set module parameter nouveau_ctxfw=1).

> Commit d5f3c90d4f3ad6b054f9855b7b69137b97bda131 is what you would need
> to cherry-pick.  I applied this to the kernel, and the result
> seems to work fine (I'm using it right now).  This also gets rid of any
> MODULE_FIRMWARE stuff, making it possible to include nouveau.ko in the
> intitramfs without hitting #575241. :-)

I have cherry-picked that and a couple of following bug fixes.


Ben Hutchings
Once a job is fouled up, anything done to improve it makes it worse.

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