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

Thomas Backlund tmb at mageia.org
Tue Nov 8 18:11:27 CET 2011

Kamil Rytarowski skrev 8.11.2011 18:46:
> On 08.11.2011 13:59, José Jorge wrote:
>> Le mardi 8 novembre 2011 09:05:25, Kamil Rytarowski a écrit :
>>> Same BIG problems here. DVD default installation is de facto BROKEN.
>>> Please don't use radeon fb driver.
>>> There were bugs on it on our bugzilla.
>> Which ones? On my hardware, missing the firmware does NOT disable free radeon
>> driver : it only disables acceleration. I use this as a feature daily on a
>> laptop which video memory is partly corrupted, so I am really sure that at
>> least on pre 2xxx hardware it works (x300/x600/x700/x1300).
> https://bugs.mageia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1884
> I can confirm that with non-free packages the boot works, without it
> Mageia isn't bootable (with the radeon framebuffer) at all.

That is not the framebuffer not working, its the kernel modesetting part 
that fails.

I wonder if we could get the code in initrd to check for missing 
firmware, and if so switch to nomodeset boot.


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