outdated nvidia drivers in the repository are a serious problem

Daniel Stone daniel.stone at ubuntu.com
Thu Jan 5 03:05:16 GMT 2006

On Wed, Jan 04, 2006 at 11:49:52PM +0100, Sander van Loon wrote:
> What I would like to bring up is the serious issue of outdated nvidia
> drivers in the Ubuntu repository. I have posted a bug report about this
> nearly a month ago - https://bugzilla.ubuntu.com/show_bug.cgi?id=20682 -
> (I'd like to mention that a lot of my other bug reports -
> https://bugzilla.ubuntu.com/buglist.cgi?resolution=---&email1=svloon%
> 40xs4all.nl&emailtype1=exact&emailassigned_to1=1&emailreporter1=1 - are
> still unanswered after a long period of time, this doesn't encourage me
> to keep helping with bug hunting and improving Ubuntu)

I'll give you the answer I used to give people when I maintained l-r-m
(which was for almost a year, IIRC).

You give me a way to completely source-audit every single change that
has been made from version to version -- without tainting me in terms of
ability to do the same with other drivers, and modify and work on them
-- and then we'll talk.

Black boxes are no good.  Versions of the nVidia driver which add PCI
IDs for the very, very top of the line card, and spectacularly break the
far more commmon cards -- which happens a fair bit -- are not
interesting in terms of stable release.

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