Questions about current stable version of dragonflybsd regarding drivers and desktop environment

John Marino dragonflybsd at
Fri May 27 05:53:46 PDT 2016

On 5/27/2016 2:37 PM, Bret Busby wrote:
> On 27/05/2016, John Marino <dragonflybsd at> wrote:
>> 1) Max already told you it would not work.  Did you think it was
>> possible that nobody would know that FreeBSD BLOBs work on DragonFly?
>> Of course we know that they do not (nor should anyone have expected they
>> would).
> I assume from that tirade, that the dragonflybsd web site, and, what
> is written about dragonflybsd, is all wrong, and, consequently, that
> dragonflybsd has never had anything to do with freeBSD, and that
> nothing that works with freeBSD, works with dragonflyBSD, or has ever
> worked with dragonflyBSD..

Let me flip the script.
How should we on this list interpret your posting of screenshots of the 
nvidia site?
A) You think we aren't aware that nvidia makes BLOB drivers for FreeBSD 
and you are informing us that they exist (regardless of the fact these 
exact files are delivered via freebsd ports which we use)
B) You think we could be aware, but have never tried to use them.
C) other?

Now -- On what technical basis are you using to suppose that 12+ years 
after divergence, FreeBSD kernel binaries could work on DragonFly?

So in other words, what does your quote about the relationship between 
FreeBSD and DragonFly have to do with anything?

NVIDIA does not work on DragonFly.
It will not work on DragonFly until something changes.  The passage of 
time will not help this situation.  There are only two solutions.
1) NVIDIA creates a BLOB for binary.  If they do this, we'll package it 
in a dport, I promise.
2) An expert somebody creates a wrapper so that DragonFly can load a 
freebsd kernel module.  It's technically possible but I would not hold 
my breath.  Nobody is working on it.

graphics drivers don't just appear.  SOmebody has to do a LOT of work 
and nobody is doing anything for NVidia.  This is mostly nvidia's fault too.


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