Still no kmod for new nvidia

Bill Davidsen davidsen at tmr.com
Sat Jul 31 19:00:39 UTC 2010


Bruno Wolff III wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 31, 2010 at 13:00:33 -0400,
>   Bill Davidsen <davidsen at tmr.com> wrote:
>   
>> Let me try to be polite about that, the drivers in FC6 thru FC9 are proprietary? 
>> Really? Sounds like FUD to me!
>>     
>
> But they probably aren't going to work with recent kernels. So that makes them
> not very useful for using them on recent Fedora.
>
>   
>> 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.
>>     
>
> Also the ones that are paid to develop graphics drivers have 3D support
> low on the their list of things to work on. Airlie covers some of this in:
> http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/devel/2009-November/042327.html
>
>   
>> 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.
>>     
>
> The topic is more nuanced than that. Part of it is RPMFusion users getting
> support here instead of RPMFusion. Part of it is that Fedora's stated
> principals are such that it attracts people who care more about free software
> than say Ubuntu. Part of it is if you want to change corporations'
> behaviors you need to affect their bottom line. That is why some people here
> will advocate not buying nVidia hardware even when it is cheaper for the
> performance when using the binary drivers. Part of it is people using
> nVidia's driver stuff directly which changes your system in ways that
> may be hard to undo later and may introduce security problems that are
> hard to fix unless nVidia issues an update.
>   

Given the reality, that users bought computers which Linux supported 
only a few years ago, and in some cases paid extra to get computers 
which ran Linux, it really sends a message to have that hardware become 
unsupported two years later. Thanks guys. Hand MSFT a big bag of FUD 
about "will Linux even run on your computer by the time it's depreciated 
or paid for?" Sadly, for once it's true. :-(

-- 
Bill Davidsen <davidsen at tmr.com>
  "We can't solve today's problems by using the same thinking we
   used in creating them." - Einstein



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