Xorg 7.1 is in FC6, where it belongs
Posted Aug 15, 2006 15:15 UTC (Tue) by rriggs
Parent article: X.org, distributors, and proprietary modules
Xorg 7.1, with it's ABI changes, has no business going into Fedora Core 5.
FC5, at this point in its lifecycle, is considered by many to be stable. Xorg 7.0 was the most recent version when FC5 started out. Xorg 7.1 does belong in FC6, which is exactly where it will be introduced.
The folks managing Fedora Core are doing a fine job IMO. There is a balancing act to do, and preventing breakage in an existing distribution has to be a primary consideration.
I am a Fedora Core user and I expect breakage when new FC versions are rolled out. I had no problem when 4KSTACKS broke the NVidia drivers I rely on because that happened in a new FC version. But I would have been severely disappointed if they chose to roll out a 4KSTACKS kernel to a stable FC version before the bugs had been ironed out. I am a long-time Red Hat customer and Fedora Core user, but that sort of instability would have me running somewhere else fast.
I can agree that binary drivers do cause issues that a purely open-source solution would not have to face. And I would very much prefer that ATI and NVidia open source their drivers. But to imply that distributors and their users are being held hostage by these drivers is a little over the top. It's merely one consideration in the decision process regarding what packages to include in upgrades.
Put another way: I made the decision to purchase NVidia hardware (again, as recently as last week) because, in the end, it is in my best interest to have excellent 3D hardware support at the expense that proprietary drivers exact. So, if people want to blame someone for this, they can blame me and others like me who make that choice.
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