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Re: new -savage and -mga packages needs sponsoring

On Sun, Oct 23, 2011 at 5:42 PM, Julien Cristau <jcristau@debian.org> wrote:
> I notice we still carry a patch for savage, and some changelog digging
> shows it originate from:
> xorg (6.8.2-71) breezy; urgency=low
>  * Force 16 bit depth on savage driver.
>  (Closes: #15718)
> xorg (6.8.2-1) hoary; urgency=low
>  * Change the default bitdepth on Savage to 24 (closes: Ubuntu#6127).
> Both from 2005.  I'm wondering if we shouldn't either include that
> upstream or drop the patch?  (I imagine these bug numbers come from the
> long-gone ubuntu bugzilla...)

Actually the old URL http://bugzilla.ubuntu.com/show_bug.cgi?id=...
redirects properly :) So here are those bugs in LP:

Seems like one of the issues with 24 bit (CLUT left in 6 bit) was
fixed so default was set to 24 bit again in 2005, but there was enough
issues to put the 16 bit back later. Also, DRI is faster with 16 bit.

Yes, I have been thinking of upstreaming this patch. Ubuntu also has a
patch to set bus type by default to PCI instead of AGP, not sure which
hardware still needs this. It is a bit tricky to change any defaults
for this old, fairly rare hardware since people have learned to live
with necessary workarounds and we might create regressions for some
people. I will try to see if Fedora and Mandriva etc carry any


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