AMD freesync - a problem?

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GNUbahn
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I am about to buy an external monitor. Some have what is called AMD Freesync. I don't know what it is, and I probably don't need it.

But if I bought a monitor with, would that cause me any problems with regard to freedom?

Magic Banana

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You really do not need Freesync: the display will work without it and, besides a couple of benchmarking tools, only a dozen of proprietary video games support it. The new AMDGPU DAL driver, which supports that variable refresh rate technology, is supposed to be free... except that the GPL source code in https://github.com/M-Bab/linux-kernel-amdgpu comes along a firmware repository with a README that says:

That repository contains all these firmware images which have been extracted from older drivers, as well various new firmware images which we were never permitted to include in a GPL'd work, but which we _have_ been permitted to redistribute under separate cover.
https://raw.githubusercontent.com/M-Bab/linux-kernel-amdgpu/mbab_4.12/firmware/README.AddingFirmware

GNUbahn
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Thanks.

Really don't need that high refresh rate, so I basically don't need AMD fresync. I reckon from your answer, that I can just use a monitor with AMD freesync as a 'normal' monitor, i.e. freesync won't work but the monitor as such will.

Merci