[LinuxBIOS] Advice for buying a new and not-obsolete workstation?

Segher Boessenkool segher at kernel.crashing.org
Fri Nov 10 14:51:09 CET 2006

>>> Ouch. When he says, "The driver remains completely functional in the
>>> absense of the binary piece", surely some functionality is missing -
>>> what is this? I don't understand enough (yet) to know from that post
>> It means that you get basic access to the device w/o being able to  
>> take
>> advantage of the more advanced features.  Probably due to them
>> subcontracting a third-party to do the advanced stuff.
> Anyone know what exactly the advanced stuff is?

Macrovision DRM amongst others.  The Intel drivers also
still need a binary BIOS for modesetting, at least on
some chips.


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