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  • Ubuntu 19.10 To Bundle NVIDIA's Proprietary Driver Packages As Part Of Its ISO

    Phoronix: Ubuntu 19.10 To Bundle NVIDIA's Proprietary Driver Packages As Part Of Its ISO

    For Ubuntu 19.10 the developers are adding the NVIDIA driver packages onto the ISO. The NVIDIA binary drivers won't be activated by default, but will be present on the install media to make it easier to enable post-install...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...-NVIDIA-On-ISO

  • #2
    "okay'ed"... Would " accepted" be a better term?

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    • #3
      GPL violation?

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      • #4
        Not sure why they have done this? Ubuntu gamer kids will always want the latest driver; in which case they end up downloading it from the non-free repo anyway.

        If you don't have an internet connection, Ubuntu (and most Linuxes) are pretty much dead in the water as far as package management goes. You will find Steam and its products have quite a number of dependencies that are not on the install .iso; again requiring the online repo.

        Something here isn't quite adding up. I am all for reducing reliance on the internet as far as solutions go; but there are more important things than a graphics driver surely? Would this have been the case if Gnome 3 wasn't so dependent on a consumer GPU?

        Originally posted by OneTimeShot View Post
        GPL violation?
        Doubt it. The driver isn't under the GPL and none of the software that is under the GPL links against it (or even interacts with it) directly.
        But yes, this will mean that Ubuntu will have to remain off the FSF's list of "free distros"
        Last edited by kpedersen; 05-23-2019, 05:08 PM.

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        • #5
          ubuntu is favoring Nvidia? seems so, it's not fair that the companies that don't play by the rules get promoted and get same treat as the ones that do. they are just saying to nvidia -"keep doing this forever, it's just fine"- , ( no it is not )

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          • #6
            Originally posted by OneTimeShot View Post
            GPL violation?
            Nope.
            Linux has a linking exception..

            Originally posted by kpedersen View Post
            But yes, this will mean that Ubuntu will have to remain off the FSF's list of "free distros"
            FREEDERM

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            • #7
              shame on Ubuntu, this is why I use opensuse, opensuse did the opposite by unpromoting the close source fglrx at the time of the transition of amd to open source drivers, (it was deleted from their repos). at the time, It was painfull because performance was not on par, but now on perspective it was the right thing to do.
              Last edited by Mel Spektor; 05-23-2019, 06:23 PM.

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              • #8
                Canonical like always...
                Started to bend over for Microsoft.
                And now for Nvidia.
                And who knows for who comes next.
                So lame, so trashy.
                But the worst part is that they're increasing the ISO size just to include crap from a shitty company.
                If they wanted to make the ISO more offline (no internet) ready they could've included something more useful for the user like all the language packs or at least the 90% most common so the user can have a fully translated interface to his/her language without requiring to download addition packages.

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                • #9
                  ITT: People complaining about a "bloated" ISO.

                  It's funny, because for me Ubuntu has always been bloated, so why are you caring about an added hundred megs to an ISO that is already two-fucking-gigabytes? Or do you think LibreOffice (and some other software, like games) are not bloat because you use them? At least the NVIDIA driver will be useful for most people, especially because NVIDIA's market share is sitting at 81%.
                  Last edited by TruthPropeller; 05-23-2019, 05:43 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by OneTimeShot View Post
                    GPL violation?
                    We'll never find out because like with the case of ZFS, lots of people will shout public accusations but nobody will ever seek definitive ruling by a court.

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