[arch-dev-public] Temporarily removed nvidia legacy driver

Pierre Schmitz pierre at archlinux.de
Sat Apr 16 07:49:55 EDT 2011

On Thu, 14 Apr 2011 15:50:34 +0200, Jan de Groot wrote:
> On Thu, 2011-04-14 at 15:32 +0200, Thomas Bächler wrote:
>> Am 14.04.2011 15:06, schrieb Jan de Groot:
>> >> His closing comments in the bug report are wrong, I think. I need to
>> >> try, but if I understand this right, you can still install nouveau (with
>> >> this file) and X will fall back to other drivers if nouveau fails.
>> >
>> > No, once you configure a driver, it will be taken. If it fails, it will
>> > just throw an error. The 20-nvidia.conf file in nvidia-utils also forces
>> > the nvidia driver for all devices.
>> > I tried this with 1.9.x with a thinclient setup to pass the ShadowFB
>> > option to the intel driver. The Intel machines worked, the ATI machines
>> > didn't start X because the intel driver didn't work.
>> This situation is really crappy:
>> 1) The list of default drivers to try is hardcoded into Xorg, not
>> configurable.
>> 2) Instead of trying multiple available device configuration sections,
>> Xorg will take the first one available and fail if that doesn't work.
>> So, if a new driver is added, it won't be supported out of the box in a
>> clean way. IMO, this justifies patching the list inside the xorg-server
>> package, adding nvidia and nouveau (in that order).
> The order doesn't matter, as you can't have both nvidia and nouveau
> installed at the same time due to -dri conflicts.
> BTW: as we have hybrid graphics these days, is that supported by the
> Nvidia driver, and if so, shouldn't we think of some other way to
> support xf86-video-intel + nvidia-utils on one system?

Is this Optimus? Afaik you cannot use these on Linux.

Pierre Schmitz, https://users.archlinux.de/~pierre

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