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Re: [opensuse] latest kernel update breaks ATI binary driver
  • From: Marcus Meissner <meissner@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2010 00:08:29 +0200
  • Message-id: <20100923220829.GC17778@xxxxxxx>
On Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 03:06:52PM -0700, John Andersen wrote:
On 9/23/2010 2:55 PM, Anders Johansson wrote:
On Thursday 23 September 2010, Vadym Krevs wrote:
IMHO, this could have been handled differently. E.g., the updated kernel
could have been released once an updated ATI driver was available.

As to a patch - well, it is easy to find and apply, if you're a software
engineer like myself. What about the average Joe user ... So much for
the strategy statement: "The target users of the openSUSE distribution
are people who need to get work done and want something *stable* and
usable for their every day needs."

"Joe user" would use the pre-built packages. From what I understand, they
continue working without needing a recompile, since the affected function
an inline function before, so the code is already inside the driver. As far
I know it will continue working without needing any change (but I don't
currently have any ATI cards, so I can't back this up from personal
experience, it is just what I have heard reported).


The prebuilt ATI packages wont install either Anders.

Really? WHat is the error?

That leaves you with their Driver Loader packages.
The driver loader package ATI distributes builds drivers on the fly
and it fails too. If I roll back one kernel, it will (maybe) build.

Joe user would be stuck using the open source drivers and forgo
compositing and run it as a 2D card. (Grousing all the while).

We figured and tested that the existing driver would still work, but apparently
this did not apply to all cases.

AMD/ATI also has a patch for the issue to their driver.

Ciao, Marcus
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