F7T4 -- I tried the Nouveau driver from the LiveCD and hit major problems

Matthias Clasen mclasen at redhat.com
Wed May 2 21:25:37 UTC 2007

On Wed, 2007-05-02 at 13:19 -0800, Jeff Spaleta wrote:
> On 5/2/07, dragoran dragoran <drago01 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > maybe adding a warning when turning it on in system-config-display might
> > help?
> > a popup like "if you are using this driver your computer might explode; you
> > have been warned!"
> > well not this but something similar (someone who doesn't know what he is
> > doing wouldn't enable it in xorg.conf)
> And my answer to this.... if anyone is manually selecting a driver
> from the list..ever... then its that user's responsbility to know
> whether its going to work or not.  If you are going through the
> trouble of picking your own driver, you sure as hell better have a
> solid idea as to what driver to pick instead of blithely scanning over
> the driver names and assuming a particular driver is the one you want.
> The auto-detection is doing the right thing, its setting up the nv
> driver. I see no reason to protect users from themselves when they are
> delibrately exploring non-recommended options. You might as well put a
> warning up for each and every driver that a user manually selects
> regardless of the hardware they are using.
> I'm still not too thrilled about the potential here to see this driver
> updated multiple times as f7 updates, that all users will need to
> consume even though its not a part of any hardware auto-detection
> scheme.  Is there anyway we can make this driver optional, so that
> default install targets don't include it and only people who want to
> screw around with it get it installed?

Why do you think the driver will have to be continuously revved in F7 ?
I would assume that we keep tracking nouveau development in rawhide, and
only push F7 updates when there is a major step forward in features or
stability that makes it worthwhile. 


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