[ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu/Linux is still not an OS for the masses - discuss

Tyler J. Wagner tyler at tolaris.com
Wed Oct 13 10:42:40 BST 2010


On Wed, 2010-10-13 at 10:28 +0100, Melv Bailey wrote:
> This has caused me a problem since 8.04 (7.10 is the last version I have 
> run sort of successfully without having to jump through VGA driver hoops 
> but I did have to jump through wireless drivers hoops and didnt solve them).

I am sorry you are having so much difficulty with video on Ubuntu.

> Maybe if you have the latest dogs bo**ocks hardware Ubuntu will work

Actually, the opposite is true. I've found newer hardware to be the
biggest issue, both the latest video chipsets (I'm looking at you,
nVidia) and wireless (and you too, Broadcom).

When I purchase new hardware, I always insist on Intel video and Intel
wireless. Intel doesn't pump the polygons the way nVidia does, but it
always works with Xorg. ATI is getting better, but with the latest
Ubuntu releases I've had to disable kernel mode setting to make video

nVidia is just a huge pain. That's not Linux's fault. No one expects
Windows to work without installing drivers, but they seem to expect this
of Linux. nVidia has long resisted developing an open source driver, and
the closed-source one isn't often up to speed with the latest Xorg.

As for disabling kernel mode setting, give it a go. It might help your



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