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Re: [gNewSense-users] ATI blobs

From: Dmitry Samoyloff
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] ATI blobs
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2010 21:03:41 +0300
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Jason Self wrote:
> $ xvinfo
> X-Video Extension version 2.2
> screen #0
>  no adaptors present
> $ glxinfo | grep OpenGL
> OpenGL vendor string: Mesa project:
> OpenGL renderer string: Mesa GLX Indirect
> OpenGL version string: 1.4 (2.1 Mesa 7.0.3-rc2)
> OpenGL extensions:

There's neither XVideo support nor 3D acceleration present on your system.

>So have I been using binary blobs without realizing it?

No, I don't think so.

As I mentioned above, the blobs for R600 are included into Linux-2.6.32; they 
were also available from VCS on 
(git:// What surprised me is that 2D 
performance and HD video playback are acceptable on your system, as you said. 
For me it's not the case with RS780 and Linux-libre, even with bleeding edge 
radeon driver. The culprits are obscure blobs in "firmware/radeon/" directory 
of Linux, removed from libre versions of Linux.

Here I must note that I've been experimenting with bleeding edge on another 
OS, not gNewSense. (However, all components I chose are believed to be libre.)

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