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Re: Maintainer for nvidia-crap in lvn wanted (Re: Pull off AIGLX repoistory?)



Jeremy Sanders wrote:
> What I don't understand is why Nvidia feel the need to use a 8MB (!!!!)
> kernel module in the first place. Is there a reason why it needs to be
> there, and not in X.org like all the other graphics drivers? They could
> supply a non free driver legally then (not that I'd like them to supply a
> non free driver). They could shift any necessary kernel bits into a GPL
> kernel module.
>
It does contain both a kernel module and a loadable X.org module. As I
understand it, all 3-D X.org drivers work in this fashion.

The X.org module does the actual drawing to the hardware; and the kernel
module takes care of things like handling DMA and intterupts, GPU
command buffering and basic security validation, etc.

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Peter Gordon (codergeek42)
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