X.org, distributors, and proprietary modules
Posted Aug 15, 2006 13:39 UTC (Tue) by mrshiny
In reply to: X.org, distributors, and proprietary modules
Parent article: X.org, distributors, and proprietary modules
Come on, downgrade, or stop upgrading? Please. First of all, this opens me up to security vulnerabilities. Second of all, this means I have to know when an update is going to break my working system. Anyway, I can turn this around: anyone who wants xorg 7.1 right now can just update it manually.
The fact is: Fedora Core 5 has a certain set of features. Compatibility with the nVidia binary driver is one of those features, and it is an important enough feature that the first FC5 kernel update contained a fix that compatibility. An update to a distro (esp. one that is nearing the end of its life-cycle, since FC6 is nearly ready) should NOT remove features without a damn good reason. Breaking your users' systems is BAD.
You can argue that some users actually need the enhancements in 7.1. That's fine, but by NOT delivering 7.1 you're not breaking their working systems, you're simply not supporting their potentially working systems. And it's not as if you can't provide, via something like an optional yum repository, support for 7.1 for people who need it. But to force 7.1 down the throats of users who don't want it (yet)? That's a good way to alienate your userbase.
It's a pretty clear-cut case. Installing xorg 7.1 breaks some users. Not installing it doesn't break any users. FC6 will be out soon and will include xorg 7.1. Therefore, FC5 stays at 7.0.
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