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Re: [opensuse-factory] Re: Updates on Tumbleweed with proprietary nvidia drivers installed could be more reliable I guess
On 4/7/20 1:40 PM, Xu Zhao wrote:
+1. I fully support your proposal. For now I use a customized zypper script to
check if the nvidia driver matches the kernel version and only upgrade if it
matches.
Although recent Nvidia driver has improved its compatibility with the latest
kernel, I still prefer that TW can put in some efforts to make the nvidia
driver and kernel version consistent. Specifying the max/min kernel version in
the nvidia package seems to be a good start.

I disagree vehemently. I maintain VirtualBox for openSUSE, thus I have to modify some out-of-kernel modules to match changing kernel APIs. From the time that a new API is stabilized, the developer has roughly 8 weeks to modify the code to handle these changes. It rarely takes me more that one day!

If a single volunteer like me can keep up with such changes, then a large corporation should have those fixes on ALL its Linux drivers available by the time a new kernel version is released.

Even better, they should follow Intel and open up their source. If the nVidia driver were polished and submitted to the kernel, then the driver would always be available.

I used to have to keep up with the kernel changes for an nVidia driver, but I changed my graphics card to one that works with nouveau. It does not have the latest bells and whistles, but it is good enough for me.

Larry

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