NVIDIA drivers moved to the DVD images

Matt Zimmerman mdz at ubuntu.com
Sat Sep 6 09:21:53 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?

No, it wouldn't.

These drivers have never been installed in the live environment in Ubuntu.
Until now, they have been provided as .debs on the desktop CD as a
convenience.  Removing them simply means that they will need to be
downloaded or installed from the DVD instead.

 - mdz

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