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Re: modesetting feature status

On Thu, 2008-09-11 at 10:18 -0600, Stephen Warren wrote:
> On Thu, September 11, 2008 1:18 am, Dave Airlie wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > So one of the features we've been trying to land for F10 that is a major
> > change in how we deal with graphics hardware in the Linux world.
> >
> > https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/KernelModesetting
> What will happen on unsupported hardware (NVIDIA, unsupported ATI/Intel
> chipsets)? Will the system simply fall back to the existing F9-style
> startup sequence.

They'll get text boot, yes.

> I assume the X.org drivers won't be coded to assume that
> kernel modesetting has already run? How will X.org drivers detect this?

They have been changed to notice if kms has already happened.

> How will this interact with proprietary binary drivers from NVIDIA and
> ATI, which don't know anything about this new feature?

Well, it's irrelevant for nvidia since we don't even pretend to do kms
there.  For fglrx, you'll probably have to force it to text boot, since
otherwise the radeon driver will load, locking out fglrx.

- ajax

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