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Re: should we get rid of xf86-video-nv?


On Fri, 12 Nov 2021 07:39:35 -0600
"Jonathan A. Kollasch" <> wrote:

> On Fri, Nov 12, 2021 at 01:08:31PM +0000, nia wrote:
> > While meandering around the internet I discovered that NVIDIA's
> > opinion is that it's not any more useful than xf86-video-vesa:
> > 
> >
> > 
> > We use nouveau on x86 and arm and gffb on macppc, does that leave
> > anything covered by xf86-video-nv but not covered by the kernel?
> > Alpha maybe?  
> Doesn't nv still have some acceleration support for legacy X11 on some
> legacy chips?

Specifically the ones used by Apple in the 1990s / early 2000s.

> Does gffb support full XRandR modesetting on macppc?

No, since there is no decent documentation I'm aware of and the code in
nv is deliberately obfuscated. I wrote gffb mostly to get around a bug
in some Apple firmware which wouldn't set palette registers on the DVI
port via OF methods, then ported over enough magic number voodoo to get
the blitter going on nv11...

have fun

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