On Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 4:50 PM, Samuel Sieb wrote:
My opinion is strongly in line with Kevin, but Chris has a good point.
However, isn't it possible to have both. I'm not familiar
proprietary drivers other than knowing that the NVidia one is available
through rpmfusion. (Out of the many varieties of laptops I've installed
Fedora on (at least 30 different models from various manufacturers), I've
only had one that required the NVidia driver.) If the proprietary driver
has a strong dependency on a certain X version, won't that just stop the X
server from being upgraded? In that case, everyone using the open drivers
can upgrade and the others will just not get the new X server until they
have new drivers available. I expect this doesn't work if you compile from
source though. Are there many people that do that?
1) proprietary drivers depend on the kernel
2) yes people do build from source but indirectly via the akmod system
used in RPM Fusion
Whether we should care about those users depends on whether we care about
users or just our own repositories. We have in the past done new releases
that broke the proprietary drivers and that's somewhat unavoidable but
breaking them in an update might too problematic. I would suggest avoiding
that if we can.