NVIDIA drivers moved to the DVD images

Martin Pitt martin.pitt at ubuntu.com
Sat Sep 6 17:25:11 BST 2008

Matthew East [2008-09-06 15:43 +0100]:
> On Sat, Sep 6, 2008 at 9:21 AM, Matt Zimmerman <mdz at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> > 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.
> It would be good if the installer could do this automatically, rather
> than the user having to figure out why the system isn't working and
> using Hardware Drivers to fix it. 

This is precisely what we don't want: enabling nonfree drivers by
default without the user's consent.

The user will get a notification, an easy way to install the driver,
and a lecture why the driver isn't ideal, but he has to do an explicit
decision to do so. This was the consensus reached on the Gutsy UDS,
and so far most people have been satisfied with it.

Personally I certainly don't want to change that.


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