[Quantal RFC] Avoid using the QEMU DRM (cirrus) driver

Stefan Bader stefan.bader at canonical.com
Tue Sep 25 13:16:23 UTC 2012

As stated below, there is currently a race with that driver which
is not easy to remove. Also when using the drm driver + the modeset
X driver, I had quite a bad time when trying to change resolution
of the desktop. And it gives a different experience when running
Xen and KVM (while both seem to have a cirrus VGA).

For completeness I must say that at least on my desktop which
does suffer from cpu exhaustion, I have still seen X crashes 
that look similar to the one that previously happened on startup
(bug 1056080).

Instead of not compiling the module (which will also need a
module.ignore or an abi bump), it could be blacklisted. But
I am not sure this can be done from the kernel package.

Speed can often suck in both cases, but what would be other peoples


>From 88adc6f8c438e969407dfe7fa989def4d9a20980 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Stefan Bader <stefan.bader at canonical.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:56:28 +0200
Subject: [PATCH] UBUNTU: (config) Disable the QEMU drm driver

When enabled, this driver will provide modeset support for the
emulated cirrus card in KVM (and only KVM, not Xen).
However this currently leads to boot races as grub will cause
generic parts of the efifb driver to get active which the cirrus
DRM driver then has to replace.
By now the cirrus X driver (or unity) has been fixed not to crash
on starting unity. So by disabling the driver we avoid the race and
get the same experience with KVM and Xen.

BugLink: http://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1038055

Signed-off-by: Stefan Bader <stefan.bader at canonical.com>
 debian.master/config/config.common.ubuntu |    2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/debian.master/config/config.common.ubuntu b/debian.master/config/config.common.ubuntu
index 9134a9d..edba5e0 100644
--- a/debian.master/config/config.common.ubuntu
+++ b/debian.master/config/config.common.ubuntu
@@ -1384,7 +1384,7 @@ CONFIG_DRAGONRISE_FF=y
 # CONFIG_DRM_AST is not set

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