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Automatically propose to install firmware or proprietary driver

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Ubuntu system's one nice tool:

always notificates and proposes to install firmware and proprietary drive.

OpenSUSE should also!

Now, for example, openSUSE installs b43-fwcutter, but don’t inform, that I need to run /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware. Now OpenSUSE installs nv, but It would be nice to automatically notificate about possibility to install proprietary nvidia driver


icons/user_comment.png J. E. wrote: (8 years ago)

Just because Ubuntu does something does not mean we have to do the same. And then there's also the legal side which you have seemed to forgot.

icons/user_comment.png S. R. wrote: (7 years ago)

I don't see the legal issue here. On Ubuntu jockey (the driver dialog) tells the user whether the driver is free or proprietary.
If the user knows, what would the problem be?

Also, when choosing between a free or closed driver can affect how well this or that piece of hardware works, it should be possible to choose the best driver even if you are a newbie.

icons/user_comment.png p. o. wrote: (5 years ago)

Why not simply ask the question ? Usage of a closed-source driver could be explain by gaming for example >> "Do you preview to play with this computer ?" >> Yes >> We recommend to use a priority driver.

Windows has an advantage that installation is really intuitive, but for a lot of linux-distros, it isn't.

icons/user_comment.png S. R. wrote: (5 years ago)

Not only gaming though, also those fine WOW DE effects I usually disable.

I think we should tell the user something like:

«You are using community (open) drivers. The hardware producers have made available a specific (closed/proprietary) driver. Would you like to switch to the proprietary driver?»

So if one has no problems with the current drivers, one can keep them.

icons/user_comment.png S. L. wrote: (2 years ago)

You must know that Yast in OpenSuSE 10.0 offers this functionality. You only run network module and it will detect network cart and ask to install driver/firmware. The same situation was in printing module. I think, that never version of OpenSuSE works in similar way.

Last change: 12 months ago
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