Ubuntu Policy on binary driver bugs

Matt Zimmerman mdz at ubuntu.com
Wed Mar 28 23:36:51 UTC 2007

On Thu, Mar 29, 2007 at 12:10:29AM +0100, Sitsofe Wheeler wrote:
> After reading yet another series of threads regarding the NVIDIA binary
> drivers I would like to ask: "What the Ubuntu position is towards binary
> driver bugs?". Does Ubuntu take a similar stance to Red Hat whereupon
> the moment you taint your kernel your bug will be closed and you will be
> directed towards NVIDIA for help
> ( https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=73733 /
> http://fedorasolved.org/video-solutions/3rd-pty-video ) or is Ubuntu
> going invite NVIDIA engineers to review NVIDIA related bugs within
> Launchpad the way Novell/SUSE currently does (e.g.
> https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=147009 - Andy Ritger works
> for NVIDIA)? Perhaps Ubuntu is going to encourage a halfway house where
> people are requested to post over in the bugs.freedesktop.org closed
> NVIDIA component?

We take responsibility for kernel bugs where we do not believe that a binary
driver is to blame, and we will work with hardware vendors to share bug
tracking information.  What we cannot do is take responsibility for
analyzing or fixing bugs which are the fault of a binary driver.

 - mdz

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