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

Is it possible user agents could offer to install driver updates automatically if WebGL is blacklisted and a newer driver is available?  This does not expose any extra information and is just a single click for non-technical users.  At least on Windows Vista and 7 apparently driver updates can be done without a reboot too.

Also, does anyone know why driver updates are not being distributed?  It seems a very large number of people have old drivers, but if they visit the AMD/nVidia/Intel website then newer ones are available.  Why aren't those updates going over automatic update systems like Windows Update?  That would help significantly with the WebGL driver problem.

Ashley Gullen

On 1 August 2012 11:04, Florian Bösch <pyalot@gmail.com> wrote:
On Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 3:34 AM, Benoit Jacob <bjacob@mozilla.com> wrote:
I don't see why webglcontextcreationerror would have to give away any information. It can simply give a link to a browser-specific wiki page where instructions can be found; going slightly further it can give GPU-vendor-specific info about where to find drivers, which is like 2 bits of info that can probably be obtained anyways by analyzing some rendering; so it doesn't have to be a privacy issue and each browser vendor is free to decide where to draw the line.

Having to obtain the GPU information by a heuristic is crap. You'd get to a page that would have to essentially say this: "We think you have an Nvidia-ish GPU (maybe), don't hit us if we're wrong, but look, here's (maybe) the Nvidia update page, sooooooo sorry if you're ATI, my bad."

There three pieces of information required to make a remotely sensible choice of what to tell a user:

Operating System Information: contained in the user-agent [OK]
GPU name/vendor: [MISSING]
Driver version: [MISSING]

Those are not "2 bits". As to why that is required:

1) Update procedure is different depending on OS AND
2) Depending on the vendor, update procedure can be different depending on the GPU AND
3) Depending on the driver version an update might be recommended, or counterindicated

We have also discussed the browsers doing that, with a helpful dialog, and a variety of non-annoying semantics, this however went nowhere as well. So this is todays situation:

WebGL breaks randomly and nobody can do jack to help users.

Not acceptable