[Nouveau] DRM and the Nouveau kernel tree
pq at iki.fi
Mon Jun 29 13:14:36 PDT 2009
I think it is safe to say, that the drm.git Nouveau kernel modules are
now abandoned. The build has been broken for several days. The replacement
is the Nouveau kernel tree. I have been updating the instructions in the
wiki, so you should get all the information there.
The InstallDRM guide should now be complete, there are even *small* daily
snapshots for people who fear 'git clone' ;-)
I updated InstallNouveau, but I have not touched any of the special
guides for various distributions. I hope the authors or users of those
guides will update them as needed.
Currently the kernel tree has three branches:
There should also be a master-compat, that comes when someone has the
time to create it.
Master branch is currently "recommended", but it won't build against
anything before 2.6.31-rc1, and that -rc1 was (so I hear) quite buggy.
Waiting for -rc2 might be good.
Newttm-devel is an older experiment with a kernel tree, but it should
still work with 2.6.30. If you have an earlier kernel, you may have
to use the newttm-devel-compat branch, which contains compatibility
patches to build against 2.6.28 - 2.6.30. These won't build with
2.6.31-rc1 or later.
Newttm-devel branches are being phased out, and in the future
master branch is *the* branch. Or master-compat, if you have an
older kernel and need a compatibility patched version.
Is Nouveau going into mainline soon?
Not soon, but I can only guess. Most likely Nouveau will go into
staging first, which means it doesn't have to have a completely
frozen user ABI, but there has to be "a plan to get out of staging".
Thanks to Ben (darktama) for the Nouveau kernel tree.
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