Email to firstname.lastname@example.org about nouveau blacklisting
Date: Sun, 6 Jan 2019 01:54:46 +0100 From: Haelwenn Monnier <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Nouveau blacklisting Message-ID: <20190106005446.GA22465@cloudsdale.the-delta.net.eu.org> MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii Content-Disposition: inline User-Agent: Mutt/1.10.1 (2018-07-13) Hello, I would like to complain about the blacklisting of nouveau in the chromium graphics stack, nouveau is a useful replacement to the proprietary driver and linked tools from NVidia, notably, because of the following cases: - Ethics/Choice, nvidia being a proprietary driver, that litterally gets about everything graphics related passed to it, it can be very sensible, be it for privacy or politics (they could ban applications or some API). - Wayland, as the nvidia driver wrongfully provides their own API that only a very few compositors provide. wlroots, created for usage in Sway for example will never support their API. - Up-to-date software, the proprietary driver has quite the history of lagging behind on the software it depends on, for example the 304.xx legacy branch needs a vulnerable Xorg branch(1.19.x) and when spectre/meltdown arrived a legacy branch was incompatible with the stable branch of the linux kernel at that time. Which honeslty is quite funny considering that you apparently banned it because of outdated mesa builds, which just cannot be fixed with the legacy branch. Something which I think will probably get even worse if WebGL will have to use the slow and power-hungry software rendering. I do not think that chromium is very liked in a lot of the linux community, probably because of the overly large codebase and the link to Google, but doing this will probably raise quite a large and visible flag to even non-maintainers. 1: https://drewdevault.com/2017/10/26/Fuck-you-nvidia.html 2: https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Chrome-Blacklisting-Nouveau -- Haelwenn (lanodan) Monnier https://hacktivis.me/
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