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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Nouveau: NONFSDG listing and current status?

From: Rubén Rodríguez
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Nouveau: NONFSDG listing and current status?
Date: Tue, 17 May 2011 22:44:34 +0200

> Right now a nouveau-kernel-source package is listed on the NONFSDG
> page ( 

That entry relates to karmic and jaunty, which both reached end of life.
The current nouveau implementation in most distros is blob-free,
although it seems to be some new (optional, IIRC) blobs in the latest
kernels, so partial deblobbing may be necessary again in the future.

> the results.  I'd guess that they'd be comparable to the way other
> free drivers work in this situation: you can make the card work but
> you get no acceleration.

The latest Trisquel release does have acceleration by installing
libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental. It is not very stable yet, though.

About the other free drivers, I've been looking into the Radeon blobs,
and in most cases they are simple 2kb -with some padding zeroes-
register dumps for a state machine initialization. If someone more
skilled than me could break them into something documented we could have
a lot more cards supported.

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