Commit efdea9e3 authored by Sven Joachim's avatar Sven Joachim

README.Debian: Generalize the firmware section

There is little point in keeping the information there up to date,
especially since it is subject to change with new card generations and
with every new kernel version.  So just state that new hardware
generally needs non-free firmware and will hopefully be fully
supported later.
parent 6cc7edb2
......@@ -9,12 +9,12 @@ have to enable the module under Device Drivers -> Graphics support ->
Direct Rendering Manager (Linux 3.4 and newer) or Device Drivers ->
Staging drivers (Linux 3.3 and earlier).
Some Fermi cards (GeForce 4xx/5xx series, NVC0 in Nouveau terminology)
currently need non-free and not readily available firmware to provide
any acceleration. Starting with Linux 3.1, the Linux kernel includes
free firmware for some of these cards, but not all of them are
supported yet. Please check the status at
Non-vintage Nvidia cards require that microcode (firmware) is uploaded
by the driver to the GPU in order to provide any acceleration. The
Nouveau project aims to provide the microcode in the kernel driver for
all cards, but new hardware usually needs non-free and not readily
available firmware for a transitional period. Please check the status
Incompatibilities with other drivers
......@@ -7,6 +7,7 @@ xserver-xorg-video-nouveau (1:0.0.16+git20120322+ab7291d-1) UNRELEASED; urgency=
* New upstream snapshot.
* Update README.Debian:
- Nouveau moves out of staging in Linux 3.4.
- Generalize the firmware section.
-- Julien Cristau <> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 20:23:18 +0200
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