Nvidia proprietary drivers vs. Fedora xorg packages

Mikkel mikkel at infinity-ltd.com
Mon Aug 16 17:17:25 UTC 2010

On 08/16/2010 07:38 AM, Marko Vojinovic wrote:
> On Monday, August 16, 2010 05:03:54 Tim wrote:
>> On Sun, 2010-08-15 at 17:12 -0700, Jonathan Ryshpan wrote:
>>> I fear that there are technical reasons why Nvidia is releasing files
>>> with conflicting names.
>> Considering that others have repackaged the same drivers, so they
>> install without stuffing up the original system files, the answer would
>> probably be that there is no good reason, just laziness on their behalf.
>> If they're making the drivers, they can make it ask for files with
>> different file paths, or file names, and leave the original ones alone.
> The nVidia folks do not package the drivers just for Fedora, but are instead 
> trying to cover all Linux flavors with one single automated .bin install 
> script. My guess is that conflicting file names exist across various distros, 
> and that it is impossible to package the blob installation for all of them 
> simultaneously, without overwriting some system files (on some distros at 
> least).
> Rpmfusion folks take the whole thing apart and customize it for Fedora 
> specifically. My guess is that, say, akmod from rpmfusion would break horribly 
> if one tries to install it to OpenSuSE or some other rpm-based Linux flavor.
> It is already fortunate that nVidia folks are providing the .bin that can 
> actually be repackaged by third parties to fit a particular distro. Asking for 
> more might be too much, IMHO.
> Best, :-)
> Marko
Considering the the location of the Xorg files is fairly standard
across distributions, and just about every one uses Xorg to provide
X, that argument doesn't hold water. There is even a standard plact
to put their files where they will not stomp on Xorg, no matter
where it is located. That is what the /opt directory tree is fore.


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