Non-free drivers (Re: Invitation to ubuntu developers)
mdz at ubuntu.com
Thu Nov 30 02:26:00 GMT 2006
On Wed, Nov 29, 2006 at 08:03:50PM -0500, Tim Schmidt wrote:
> On 11/29/06, Matt Zimmerman <mdz at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> > The drivers in question are installed by default, and have been since the
> > very first release of Ubuntu. The change under discussion is configuring
> > the X server to use (one of) them by default.
> Really? According to the Ubuntu Guide for Edgy
> you have to install nvidia-glx and nvidia-kernel-common before using
> Nvidia's driver. Sure sounds like it's not installed by default yet.
There are two drivers involved, both of which are binary-only (the kernel
module and the X module). The kernel module is installed by default, while
the X driver is included on the CD but not installed by default. The only
reason this is so is because the packaging of the X driver is such that it
cannot be used in parallel with the standard GL libraries; it is incidental.
Ubuntu has always installed some binary-only drivers by default.
> > I'm not presenting my own position on this, only clarifying the facts of the
> > situation. There is a very specific decision under discussion here, and it
> > involves the interpretation of the language we've just discussed, and the
> > selection of installed drivers to use by default.
> Good. Easy to do. Install Free drivers by default, make non-free
> ones super-easy to install (common customizations?).
You've made your opinion quite clear, but note also that you are not making
a decision on behalf of the project.
> Upstream will be happy, half the userbase will be happy, and the other
> half should be happier than they have been. The alternative is two
> out of the three groups ending up less than happy.
I don't know which upstream you mean; Ubuntu has many upstreams and they
have differing opinions about this subject, as do its users.
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