[Pkg-fglrx-devel] review debconf templates of fglrx-driver [non-free]

Andreas Beckmann debian at abeckmann.de
Wed Jun 13 01:37:29 UTC 2012

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I'd like to ask for a review of the newly introduced debconf template 
in the fglrx-driver [non-free] package before this gets released to the 
wild to collect translations:

Template: fglrx-driver/install-even-if-unsupported-gpu-exists
Type: boolean
Default: false
_Description: Install the fglrx driver anyway?
 The following GPUs were found in your system but are no longer supported
 by the fglrx driver:
 You should use the free radeon driver (package: xserver-xorg-video-radeon)
 for this GPU, but you may install fglrx anyway, even if it won't work.

This question will be asked from a preinst script.
Is this clear enough for the user (who is not the fglrx packager and 
knows about all the issues) who owns an "obsolete" graphics card that 
is no longer supported by the latest version of the proprietary driver 
(which is required for Xserver 1.12 support).

For some more context, the corresponding Debian.NEWS entry:
(Suggestions how to improve this are welcome, too.)

  Starting with the Catalyst 12.6 release, support for R6XX/R7XX based GPUs
  has been dropped by AMD/ATI.  This includes any RadeonHD older than 5xxx,
  e.g.  RadeonHD 2000
        RadeonHD 3000
        RadeonHD 4000
  Please switch to the free radeon driver (xserver-xorg-video-radeon).



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