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    Default Doing More For An Open NVIDIA

    Phoronix: Doing More For An Open NVIDIA

    Following the open letter to NVIDIA at OpenTheBlob.com that takes aim at NVIDIA's lack of a reliable open-source driver, now out is a letter geared for NVIDIA's board partners (ASUS, Dell, BFG Tech, etc). This happens to be based off of a strategy I discussed before for frustrated ATI customers prior to the new driver code-base...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NjM4Nw

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    Default System76 knows the problem, hasn't done anything about it

    System76 has already been asked to drop NVIDIA, but they still only sell NVIDIA discrete cards instead of ATI/AMD:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=688040
    Last edited by stan; 03-12-2008 at 03:16 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stan View Post
    System76 has already been asked to drop NVIDIA, but they still only sell NVIDIA descrete cards instead of ATI/AMD:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=688040
    It's not that they need to drop NVidia. Right at the moment, NVidia's the only company with credible devices for performance work under OpenGL under Linux. Shortly, AMD will be a credible resource for that- when it is, then they can drop 'em.

    It doesn't do any good to ask them to cut their nose off to spite their face.

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    i used the form on the ASUS site, got a sort of generic answer that my request way forwarded to the proper person

    but Gainward just said " we will update your suggestion to NVIDIA about Linux drivers."

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    Unhappy ASUS is not willing

    I have just received an answer from ASUS support saying that their corporate policy is not supporting Linux on their notebooks and that they will thus not be able to help with the issue

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    Quote Originally Posted by alchark View Post
    I have just received an answer from ASUS support saying that their corporate policy is not supporting Linux on their notebooks and that they will thus not be able to help with the issue
    Surely they kid. Have they looked at their product range lately?

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    Well, it looks rather strange for me, too, but that is what they replied:
    Здравствуйте!

    Спасибо за обращение в службу технической поддержки ASUS.

    Мы не поддерживаем установку Linux на всех наших ноутбуках - такова корпоративная политика.
    Поэтому, боюсь, мы Вам не сможем помочь.

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    С уважением,
    ASUS, Служба технической поддержки
    ...which stands for:
    Hello!

    Thank you for your inquiry to ASUS technical support.

    We do not support installing Linux on all our laptops - that is the corporate policy.
    So, I am afraid that we will not be able to help you.

    Regards,
    ASUS technical support

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    Quote Originally Posted by alchark View Post
    Well, it looks rather strange for me, too, but that is what they replied:

    ...which stands for:
    Which is very whack, considering that they have the eeePC and they're not changing that it supports Linux anytime soon. Seems to me that the right hand doesn't know what the left one's doing.

    If I wanted to be a smartarse, I'd respond back with "what is running on the eeePC, then?" but it'd be a waste of time, I suspect.

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    Well, as for me and my U3S, everything works excellently except for a built-in GPS module (which I have not tried to investigate into very much, though). There is not much to be done to let Linux work on their hardware for ASUS, as far as I can see. If an issue is present in some distro and is absent in others, it is a problem of the distro, not the hardware manufacturer, imho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alchark View Post
    Well, as for me and my U3S, everything works excellently except for a built-in GPS module (which I have not tried to investigate into very much, though). There is not much to be done to let Linux work on their hardware for ASUS, as far as I can see. If an issue is present in some distro and is absent in others, it is a problem of the distro, not the hardware manufacturer, imho.
    Right but you have to have the support staff that is trained and knowledgeable in these things which would require them to stay cutting edge and in the current know to make such a determination. With windows it is easy to determine what maybe a hardware/software issue as you have rather static OS that a "known good" configuration is easily fallen back on to make such a determination. Which is easier? Shooting at a static target or skeet?

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