Could tthere be an update iso distribution

sean seanlkml at
Thu Mar 16 17:11:29 UTC 2006

On Thu, 16 Mar 2006 11:01:35 -0600
"Jonathan Berry" <berryja at> wrote:

> Umm, the nv driver is far from being "perfectly good," sorry.  Most of
> the time it works for 2D, yes.  As you mention below, it does not
> support 3D at all.  Also, for me, the nv driver does not even support
> simple 2D OpenGL programs for some reason.  Especially right now
> OpenGL support is essential since I am taking a class that involves
> writing OpenGL programs.

You fall into the minority then; most people today aren't using any
Open GL at all in their day to day use.

> > nvidia driver that should be used by the _vast_ majority of people
> > saddled with nvidia hardware.   Only those playing 3d games under
> > Linux or driving multiple displays need to even consider the
> Consider?  No, they *must* use the nvidia driver in those cases. 
> There is nothing to consider.

Wrong.  They could (and IMHO should) consider changing hardware.

> > proprietary driver.   Way too many people end up installing the
> > binary albatross just for everyday desktop use, which is nuts.
> That may be true, but when I spend a not insignificant amount of money
> on a nice video card, I expect to be able to use all of the
> functionality.  At least nVidia does a decent job of supporting their
> hardware and providing Linux drivers that most of the time work (and
> usually work *very* well).  That cannot  be said of some other video
> chipset manufacturers...

I'm not interested in excuses, i'm interested in using and enjoying
the benefits of open source software.  My point was that many people 
who share this desire are "helped" into installing the binary crap 
when they have no real need for it.


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