NVIDIA drivers moved to the DVD images

Matthew East mdke at ubuntu.com
Sat Sep 6 23:19:52 BST 2008

On Sat, Sep 6, 2008 at 5:25 PM, Martin Pitt <martin.pitt at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> 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.

Perhaps I wasn't clear, but I wasn't suggesting anything of the sort!
I'm fully behind Ubuntu's policy in relation to enabling nonfree
drivers. I just think that the user could get the non-free lecture and
give explicit consent during the installation process, rather than
getting a broken desktop and having to fix it. I wasn't saying that
there should be fewer steps in terms of educating the user about
non-free drivers.

(Having said that, I take mdz's point about my issue possibly being
due to a bug in the nv driver: I will test to see if intrepid is

Matthew East
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