Re: Small rant: installer environment size

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On Thursday, December 8, 2022, Adam Williamson <adamwill@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Thu, 2022-12-08 at 12:58 +0000, Peter Robinson wrote:
> I've done a few passes, dropping a bunch of older firmware upstream
> that are no longer supported in any stable kernel release, also a
> bunch of de-dupe and linking of files rather than shipping of multiple
> copies of the same firmware. It's improved things a bit, unfortunately
> a lot of the dead firmware was tiny compared to say average modern
> devices like GPUs or WiFI.
> The problem with a lot of the firmware, and with the new nvidia "open
> driver" which shoves a lot of stuff into firmware in order to have an
> upstreamable driver apparently the firmwares there are going to be
> 30+Mb each, is that they're needed to bring up graphics/network etc to
> even just install so I don't know how we can get around this and still
> have a device work enough to be able to install the needed firmware
> across the network.
> Ideas on how to solve that problem welcome.

Sorry if this is way off, but - do we need the GPU firmwares to run a
graphical install on the fallback path, just using the framebuffer set
up by the firmware? How crazy would it be to just do that - ship the
installer env with no GPU firmware?

That would be very crazy, as you will have a degraded user experience (laggy UI, wrong resolution, ...) to save a couple of megabytes that are a non issue for today's hardware.

Adam Williamson
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