Tuesday, May 3, 2005

NVidia and Linux

I was able to get the nvidia drivers installed for Linux so X-windows now looks nice and the screen is at the right resolution and position. If Linux is working to capture the desktop market then I'm not sure whether it is a good or bad thing to require users to manually edit the xorg.conf file by hand in order to have have the drivers recognized . Most people will compare their experience to what they are used to in Windows and that is they run a setup program and everything is installed and configured. With the nvidia drivers for linux, you have to run the setup then edit the xorg.conf (or XF86Config) yourself before X will load the proper drivers. Basically, there is one too many steps to installing video drivers and it is also more error proned.

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