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LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 23, 2013
An "enum" for Python 3
An unexpected perf feature
LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 16, 2013
A look at the PyPy 2.0 release
Quotes of the week
Posted Jun 28, 2012 22:26 UTC (Thu) by nickbp (subscriber, #63605)
After installing 'linux-firmware-nonfree', things were suddenly much speedier -- I could no longer see any subjective difference between radeon vs fglrx where video playback/xbmc were concerned. Not clear why linux-firmware-nonfree wouldn't be installed by default given a system configuration that needs it, but I guess that's more of a political issue.
* Something was causing Xorg to fill /var/log with hundreds of Xorg.*.log's. Wiping xorg.conf fixed whatever it was
Posted Jun 29, 2012 22:30 UTC (Fri) by BenHutchings (subscriber, #37955)
Not clear why linux-firmware-nonfree wouldn't be installed by default given a system configuration that needs it, but I guess that's more of a political issue.
Yes, Debian policy does not allow packages in the main section (Debian proper) to recommend non-free packages. The linux-image packages do try to warn during an upgrade if you're using a driver and don't have the corresponding firmware, though they won't catch all cases. We could maybe try to make the run-time errors more obvious.
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