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Re: Could tthere be an update iso distribution

On 17/03/2006, at 4:11 AM, sean wrote:
On Thu, 16 Mar 2006 11:01:35 -0600
"Jonathan Berry" <berryja gmail com> 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.

Really? I call bull.

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.

To what? Care to inform me of any cards that are decent and have OpenGL hardware acceleration that will work without a custom module? ATI and Nvidia certainly rule the majority of that market.

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.

Care to sign up to the biggot list? I'm sure it's already full, but your arguements aren't convincing at all - and is the exact reason OSS zealots have such a bad reputation as the "I don't use it so nobody else needs to" attitude lives on.

Steven Haigh

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