[Nouveau] [PATCH 1/6] gr: support for NVIDIA-provided firmwares

Ben Skeggs skeggsb at gmail.com
Thu Jun 18 22:28:57 PDT 2015

On 19 June 2015 at 15:22, Alexandre Courbot <gnurou at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 1:40 PM, Ben Skeggs <skeggsb at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 19 June 2015 at 00:47, Alexandre Courbot <gnurou at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> NVIDIA will officially start providing signed firmwares through
>>> linux-firmware. Change the GR firmware lookup function to look them up
>>> in addition to the extracted firmwares.
>> I wonder if perhaps we should just replace the mechanism entirely, and
>> remove the support for nouveau/fuc* as we add "official" support for
>> NVIDIA's ucode.  The existing code is actually partially broken
>> anyway, and mostly works by luck and was intended as a development aid
>> / workaround anyway.  There are no chipsets (aside from GM2xx...)
>> which we don't currently support using our own ucode, so the impact of
>> removing it will be very minimal.
>> Thoughts?
> I'm all for making things simpler, and if someone needs to use an
> external firmware for a Nouveau-supported GPU they can always put it
> under the nvidia/ firmware directory. So if you agree with it I will
> remove support for firmwares in nouveau/ in GR. I am not sure whether
> your statement also applies to other firmwares (falcon, xtensa)?
I'd say leave the non-gr engines for now, at least until we know what
NVIDIA plans on doing with dGPU firmwares.

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