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

On Friday, 28 July 2006 at 22:36, Peter Gordon wrote:
> 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.

Actually, IIRC, ATI driver can function without the kernel module,
although you lose DRI if it's missing.


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