Still no kmod for new nvidia

Bill Davidsen davidsen at tmr.com
Sat Jul 31 17:00:33 UTC 2010


Christofer C. Bell wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 12:22 PM, suvayu ali
> <fatkasuvayu+linux at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 29 July 2010 09:39, Bill Davidsen <davidsen at tmr.com> wrote:
>>> It is a commentary that computers which ran using Fedora drivers in FC6 thru FC9
>>> now must use vendor drivers or run in VESA mode. Was that not clear in the above
>>> quoted 1st paragraph? Hardware which was new less than four years ago no longer
>>> has the same functionality it did.
>>>
>> Maybe Fedora can have a legacy-drivers package which people can use?
> 
> Well, that would have to be RPM Fusion, and you might suggest that to
> them.  Fedora still wouldn't be able to distribute the drivers
> because, despite being old, they are still proprietary.
> 
Let me try to be polite about that, the drivers in FC6 thru FC9 are proprietary? 
Really? Sounds like FUD to me!

I booted an FC9 on my Acer laptop and the Radeon driver worked fine, didn't lock 
up, didn't limit glxgears to the refresh rate/2, would show video rather than a 
3 fps slide show, etc. So this is lost functionality, would be a regression if a 
developer had the laptop and didn't feel "go buy something which works with the 
drivers today" was a viable solution.

Anyway, my complaint was with people who flame using vendor drivers, as traitors 
to the open source way. Vendor developers will continue to support, because they 
figure you will like them for that when you buy again (I do), and unpaid open 
source developers will work on new features, because their "compensation" is 
from either using what they write or impressing other developers with it.

Unfortunately open source fanatics will continue to post as if license purity is 
more import than working computers. I've worn out my urge to warn users.

-- 
Bill Davidsen <davidsen at tmr.com>
   "We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from
the machinations of the wicked."  - from Slashdot


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