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NVIDIA Firmware Blobs Get Updated To Help Some Pascal GPUs With Nouveau

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  • #31
    Originally posted by mastermind View Post
    I suppose the necessary firmware blobs are contained within the binary Nvidia drivers. (how would they work otherwise?) Why can't those be extracted to be used with Nouveau? Is the reason technical or legal?
    technical and legal. nouveau devs say that now firmware is uploaded in different way, so the extraction of it is much more tedious and requires a lot of analysis of every driver release, each time it is updated. you don't just capture the fw upload syscall and get the firmware payload, it's some completely differently.

    and with nvidia's frequency at driver releases, it's allegedly impractical to do it this way.

    and it falls under nvidia's driver licence making it a non-free firmware area (or worse, considering the EULA).