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Re: [opensuse-factory] Re: Updates on Tumbleweed with proprietary nvidia drivers installed could be more reliable I guess
Sorry maybe I was not clear before. After some thoughts, here is my current

1. It is a fact that Nvidia driver updates slower than the kernel API changes.
It is not something that can be fixed in any short term.
2. As a TW+nvidia user, I do NOT expect openSUSE package maintainers to delay
the kernel release or keep patching the Nvidia driver to match the TW kernel
3. However, I do hope to somehow delay my kernel update until the Nvidia driver
catches up to make sure my desktop doesn't fail.

I think there are many ways to do 3. One solution is completely local, just as
described by Felix, but it would be largely manual. The package maintainer can
help automate this by defining an allowed range of kernel versions when the
Nvidia is installed (for example, with the "Conflicts" keyword in the spec).

- xz
Xu Zhao

On Tue, 7 Apr 2020, at 3:17 PM, Larry Finger wrote:
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
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.


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