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Re: [Public WebGL] blacklisting NVIDIA proprietary Linux drivers older than 295.* in chrome



On Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 3:00 PM, Florian Bösch <pyalot@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 11:44 PM, Mo, Zhenyao <zhenyao@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> It will be a few months before this reaches Chrome Stable.  Hopefully
>> the driver availability will be better then.
>>
>> Older drivers have known bugs which could freeze our user's machines.
>> Blacklisting a driver that's working for you so far is in-convenient /
>> unpleasant - that's understandable.  However, it's only because you
>> are lucky and the bug hasn't been triggered for you so far.
>>
>> We'd rather to be on the safe side.
>
> I don't think you understand. Almost nobody has your desired driver. You'll
> be performing a mass linux GPU cutoff for your browser. You'll be cutting
> off millions of people, the vast majority of linux users from WebGL and
> hardware accelerated canvas2d. I understand that you don't want to crash
> peoples machines, but if you would be dealing with windows, you would not
> exclude 99% of windows users from webgl for a similar bug.

You can override this blacklisting at your own risk with an entry in
about:flags, but I'm afraid we don't have the resources to continue
advising people to upgrade their drivers each time they run into a
rendering artifact in Chrome fixed with later drivers.

Ubuntu 12.04 ships with the 295 drivers by default. I've also manually
installed them using NVIDIA's binary installer on 10.04 (not without
issues on certain machines, though -- for example, those with
multi-monitor displays -- almost certainly due to my inexperience
maintaining Linux boxes). As far as I can see,
https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-x-swat/+archive/x-updates contains
entries for the latest drivers as far back as Lucid.

-Ken

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