Maverick Alpha3 +nvidia-96 +updates

Nils Kassube kassube at
Mon Aug 16 04:58:24 UTC 2010

NoOp wrote:
> >> Gets worse:
> >>
> >> 
> >>> From AaronP (the nVidia guy that helps/supports Ubuntu):
> >> <quote>
> >> Re: X server 1.9 crash with 173.14.27
> >> Prerelease and release candidate X servers are not officially
> >> supported. In addition, Keith just declared the ABI in the
> >> upcoming xserver 1.9 series as frozen, so support will be coming
> >> soon in a future version of the current release series, but
> >> support in the legacy drivers is not considered a particularly
> >> high priority so don't expect it any time soon. </quote>
> Nope. No cigar w/nvidia-96. I'm afraid that Ubuntu & nVidia are about
> to do to linux users what M$ did to WinXP users; upgrade your
> hardware or contribute to the world landfills...

That would rather be "upgrade your hardware AND contribute to the world 
landfills …". I don't like the situation either but I don't think you 
can blame Ubuntu here. It is up to nvidia alone to provide the 
proprietary driver. And I don't think it would be the right thing to do 
for the Ubuntu developers, if they would wait for the availability of 
proprietary drivers before they adopt new versions of any software.

OTOH we don't know yet if nvidia perhaps releases a working version in 
time for the Marverick release. After all Maverick is alpha software and 
we can't really blame nvidia yet. Anyway, I don't think it would be wise 
of nvidia to ignore users of older hardware. If I was about to buy new 
hardware because my nvidia card isn't supported any longer, I would make 
sure to buy some hardware with open source driver available and that 
would exclude nvidia.


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