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Re: nvidia and latest unstable kernel image

On Wed, Jul 16, 2008 at 07:36:35PM -0500, Mark Allums wrote:
> Thanks for that, I am forewarned.  However, my point was really about 
> the newest driver working well with the newest kernels.
> I am not a particular fan of nvidia, per se.  (I would like to see them 
> release some of their software as free and/or open sourece.)
> 3rd party installers are not as a category the problem; the problem is 
> individual software developers not taking the time to do things right. 
> This is a definite issue that Linux is going to have as long as there 
> are different distributions.  It is hard for someone to package up 
> something for Redhat, SuSE, Slackware, Debian, and so on.  Debian is a 
> particular challenge for them, apparently.

Which is odd given it has by far the nicest tools for making packages.
Making rpm's is hard and has to be made for each distribution.  A debian
package will often work on many different debian based distributions.

> I do not run my particular setup as a "production" system.  It won't 
> cost me much time or any productivity to have to fix it when things 
> finally break.  So, I don't have to wait for a Debian maintainer to get 
> around to packaging up the solution to my current problem.
> Your advice should definitely be heeded by someone who is more dependent 
> on their machine being up most of the time.  I will keep this in mind 
> when giving out info or advice from here on.

A better solution is to make a new debian package based on the new
upstream driver and install that.  That way you are working with the
package system rather than against it, and it is very easy to do.

Isn't the current 173 driver version new enough for you?  Did nvidia go
and release 177 as stable already?

Len Sorensen

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