[Mageia-dev] Removal of non-free firmware from core section

Shlomi Fish shlomif at shlomifish.org
Tue Nov 8 07:48:57 CET 2011


On Mon, 7 Nov 2011 23:58:00 +0100
José Jorge <jjorge at free.fr> wrote:

> Le lundi 7 novembre 2011 23:26:19, Anssi Hannula a écrit :
> > The most notable examples of affected firmware are
> > - ATI/AMD Radeon cards (free driver)
> > - Broadcom Tigon3 Gigabit Ethernet
> > - Intel PRO/100 Ethernet
> > - Matrox G200/G400/G550
> > 
> I have used Broadcom Tigon3 and ATI/AMD Radeon x700 without firmware, and it 
> works basicaly enough to allow users to decide to get the firmware by them 
> selves.

Really? I recall many problems running Mageia from the Dual CD on my x86-64
with an ATI Mobility Radeon card, and my old (and now decommissioned) i586
machine with an ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro card until I installed and configured
the firmware from "non-free" and rebuilt the initrd.

If you do decide on doing it, please make sure the framebuffer is not used for
these cards.


	Shlomi Fish

> So I'd say yes it can and should move to non-free, as it is even possible to 
> use this hardware without it.

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