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SubjectRe: Lenovo ThinkPads need acpi_osi="Linux"
On Sun, Jan 13, 2008 at 11:57:18PM -0200, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote:
> On Mon, 14 Jan 2008, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> > not going to want the low-level ACPI code to do anything video-related
> > on a lot of hardware. The in-kernel modesetting code for Intel machines
> > will be able to handle this significantly more effectively.
>
> Yeah, but we have a ton of machines (thinkpads among them) with ATI, and
> other GPUs.

The ATI case is certainly more of an issue, but I'm becoming more
optimistic about that being workable in the near future - certainly on
machines with ATOM-based BIOSes.

> Whitelists would need to be reasonably specific, anyway (not "all
> thinkpads"), so it just means "don't do it on certain R50e", or whatever.

I'd prefer not to push this policy into the kernel, since the right
thing to do depends on which graphics drivers you're using and so on.
Userspace is in a better position to make this determination. Of course,
this also means not passing the Linux OSI to the firmware. Our hardware
interaction is sufficiently in flux that any attempt to work around it
in the firmware is just going to lead to bizarre breakage down the road.

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Matthew Garrett | mjg59@srcf.ucam.org


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