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Re: modesetting feature status



On Thu, 2008-09-11 at 13:09 -0400, Adam Jackson wrote:
> On Thu, 2008-09-11 at 11:06 -0400, Jeremy Katz wrote:
> > On Thu, 2008-09-11 at 17:18 +1000, Dave Airlie wrote:
> > > For the beta we are only going to enable Radeon support for the r300 to
> > > r500 class of hardware, while we await upstream changes to the Intel
> > > driver. 
> > 
> > ... we really shouldn't shove in major changes like this for a
> > significant chunk of hardware post-beta.  Putting it in the beta means
> > that we get a relatively large chunk of testing done due to the
> > visibility surrounding the beta announce.  As well as having time to fix
> > large problems that are uncovered.  Later milestones both a) lack the
> > time for changes after them and b) the visibility. 
> 
> So are you saying:
> 
> a) enable it for both, see what breaks

I've been advocating us getting the pieces merged for a long time so
that we could see what was broken rather than trying to wait for a
mythical "perfection" that's been just another week or two out for on
the order of months now.

> b) remove both, because, screw it

This is a part of the contingency plan.  But removing for both seems a
little extreme.

There's also c) Just enable it for radeon.  Intel users get pretty
modesetting for F11.  It's only six months away.  Adding the Intel
support post-beta just leaves us with way too little runway of testing
on what's a significant amount of the hardware running Fedora.  And one
of the big reasons behind the six month release cycle is that if
something is late to the party for release n, n+1 is not that far away.

Jeremy


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