NVIDIA drivers moved to the DVD images

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at ubuntu.com
Fri Sep 5 23:34:38 BST 2008

On Fri, Sep 05, 2008 at 10:07:02AM +0200, Krzysztof Lichota wrote:
> 2008/9/4 Matt Zimmerman <mdz at ubuntu.com>:
> > On Thu, Sep 04, 2008 at 01:53:07PM -0400, Evan Dandrea wrote:
> >> I just removed nvidia-glx-new, which is non-existent in Intrepid, from
> >> ship and seeded the new nvidia-glx-* drivers in dvd-live.  The effect
> >> of this change is that the NVIDIA proprietary driver is no longer
> >> present on the desktop CDs and will be included on the DVDs in the
> >> next build.  The removal from the desktop CDs is unfortunate, but
> >> necessary due to space constraints (nvidia-glx-173 alone is 13M when
> >> unpacked).

> > This seems reasonable enough, since the drivers can't be used for
> > installation anyway.

> Live CDs are often used to try out Ubuntu before installation. If
> someone tries out Ubuntu CD and there is no 3D acceleration, they will
> assume there is no acceleration also in installed distro and can give
> up installing it.

> Also Live CDs are used to present capabilities of the system or even
> to run the system in some cases. Lack of acceleration for Nvidia would
> hurt these uses too.

> Wouldn't it be a regression against Hardy too?

The hardy LiveCDs contain nvidia-kernel-common only, which is not sufficient
to give you acceleration in the LiveCD environment; you need the nvidia-glx
(or nvidia-glx-new) package, which is only available as a post-install

So this is not a regression from that standpoint.

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