Bug 92542 - Geode cannot be used with GNOME because it requires root priviledges
Summary: Geode cannot be used with GNOME because it requires root priviledges
Status: RESOLVED MOVED
Alias: None
Product: xorg
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Driver/geode (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: Other All
: medium normal
Assignee: X.org Geode Mailing List
QA Contact: X.org Geode Mailing List
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Reported: 2015-10-19 17:20 UTC by Martin-Éric Racine
Modified: 2018-08-10 20:42 UTC (History)
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Geode LX KMS driver for Linux kernel (130.07 KB, application/octet-stream)
2015-11-24 13:04 UTC, Martin-Éric Racine
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Description Martin-Éric Racine 2015-10-19 17:20:21 UTC
Recent GNOME releases have switched to launching X as a non-root user. 

This fails on Geode beause Geode tries to access the following devices, all typically owned by root:

$ ls -al /dev/dri/card0 /dev/fb0 /dev/cpu/0/msr
ls: cannot access /dev/dri/card0: No such file or directory
crw------- 1 root root  202, 0 Oct 19 23:06 /dev/cpu/0/msr
crw-rw---- 1 root video  29, 0 Oct 19 23:06 /dev/fb0

On Debian (and some other distributions) the Geode driver hereafter requires the xserver-xorg-legacy wrapper to successfully launch with GDM-3. Other display managers that launch X as root still work as expected.
Comment 1 Martin-Éric Racine 2015-10-28 07:16:44 UTC
Someone had started developing a KMS driver for the Geode LX:

https://gitorious.org/lx

This would at least cover the OLPC XO-1 and a fairly large number of recent thin client terminals, but it would obviously leave the GX1 and GX2 hardware in the dust.
Comment 2 Zoltán Böszörményi 2015-11-24 12:55:44 UTC
(In reply to Martin-Éric Racine from comment #1)
> Someone had started developing a KMS driver for the Geode LX:
> 
> https://gitorious.org/lx
> 
> This would at least cover the OLPC XO-1 and a fairly large number of recent
> thin client terminals, but it would obviously leave the GX1 and GX2 hardware
> in the dust.

This is not available anymore. Can you please attach the latest repo tarball to this ticket?

I have two still widely used US-made POS machines with this Geode LX chip.
At least one of them actually makes use of the multiplexed DDC/UART2 gpio line for the serial connected touchscreen. Can we have a way to use both DDC control and UART2? E.g. switching to DDC only momentarily while initializing the Geode video and allow the UART2 most of the time?
Comment 3 Martin-Éric Racine 2015-11-24 12:59:32 UTC
The DDC probing issue was filed as a separate bug. Please comment on it there, not here.
Comment 4 Martin-Éric Racine 2015-11-24 13:04:25 UTC
Created attachment 120083 [details]
Geode LX KMS driver for Linux kernel
Comment 5 GitLab Migration User 2018-08-10 20:42:32 UTC
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