Write to NVIDIA
Posted Oct 17, 2006 14:39 UTC (Tue) by ajross
In reply to: Write to NVIDIA
Parent article: Local root exploit in NVidia driver
"nvidia's drivers, as they are currently the best video drivers available for linux at any price."...
"What part of "root exploit" did you miss? That automatically disqualifies them from even running for "best video driver"."...
"Performance is not a valid reason to qualify "best driver"."...
This is an apples-to-oranges argument. The NVIDIA drivers
are "best" to some folks because they are fast, stable, and
very featureful. They are they only drivers available
under linux that have the features (OpenGL extensions & 2.0
shaders) you get with the windows drivers, period. To people
doing 3D development under linux (most of us at
www.flightgear.org, for example), they are honestly the only
reasonable choice. Bugs in the ATI and x.org drivers appear
regularly. There's a very common one right now (we see it
routinely on IRC, not sure which distros are affected) where
trying to run an indirect GL client when an improper xorg.conf
setup causes a client crash.
People not doing 3D development don't likely care about
the output of glxinfo and just want their 2D desktop and the
occasional (pre-compiled and tested by someone else) 3D program
to be stable and work. These folks can get acceptable use out of
the existing free drivers. But to pretend that that makes
them "just as good" as the NVIDIA drivers is a little delusional.
Now, does that make it "OK" that NVIDIA's drivers are
non-free, or excuse the root hole? Of course not. But please
don't confuse the issue by arguing two things at the same time.
NVIDIA's drivers have features that some of us need, and
that are simply not yet available from free software.
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