Non-free drivers (Re: Invitation to ubuntu developers)

Tim Schmidt timschmidt at
Thu Nov 30 23:37:46 GMT 2006

On 11/30/06, Doug Rintoul <doug_rintoul at> wrote:
> Tim Schmidt wrote:
> > That concept in itself is fairly dynamic.  I'm of the opinion that so
> > long as Ubuntu can install itself and get to the net with Free
> > drivers, that should be enough to meet everyone's needs.  The
> > installation of non-free software can be performed at that point
> > (because...  you are installed, and have net access).
> >
> >
> What do you do for those how are, um, network challenged? I know many of
> those who would like to install Ubuntu on their systems but do not have
> reliable internet access. How do you ensure that they are not disadvantaged?

Ship the binary junk on the CD of course...  assuming there's room.
It doesn't need to be installed by default to be available.  nv is
much much smaller than the nvidia driver anyway...  so not much saved
by scrapping it and shipping nvidia for everyone.


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