--- Comment #13 from Stewart Adam <s.adam(a)diffingo.com> 2009-01-04 19:43:29 ---
Created an attachment (id=70)
Mockup of new interface
(In reply to comment #12)
- why is this tool called "Proprietary GPU Driver
Configuration"? I'd say it
should just be something more general like "Graphics Drivers Configuration",
the tool should just chose between the available drivers (some of them might be
proprietary, others not)
Proprietary GPU Driver Configuration was just the first
thing that came to
mind, as I wanted to avoid confusion with "Display Configuration" which is
system-config-display... But I think Graphics Driver Configuration is distinct
enough to avoid confusion, so I'll change it to that.
- if started on intel hardware (where no other driver is available)
should just state something like "There is only one driver for your hardware
that is enabled by default"
- is the whole "Hardware Information" section (in the upper
1/3 of the GUI)
really needed? 99% of our users likely have just one card; my intel graphics is
shows as two graphic cards, which is confusing (I assume the same will happen
with some AMD cards, as they have two entries in the pci list).
I originally put
this section there so that users could see the recommended
driver for any given GPU on their system. It could be removed entirely, but if
the user does have two different cards installed, we might encounter some bugs
(r-c-d will have to assume that the user wants to use the first detected
card)... But that's nowhere near the majority of the cases. Those users can
always use the CLI interface anyhow, which supports --list-gpus and --set-gpu.
I'd say the section should just get removed and the tool should
just do the
right thing: Select the proper driver automatically -- mixing different
proprietary drivers (different ones from Nvidia or AMD and Nvidia) isn't
supported in any case
This gets a bit more complicated, as users may want to switch
variants for different reasons (for example, like when that KDE slowness bug
was present in the 177 series driver). I'd prefer to keep the variant selection
in there if possible with the the "autoselect" button enabled by default.
- The "driver configuration" in the lower 1/3 of the GUI
should be IMHO removed
as well -- it's redundant with the stuff in the middle
I hadn't thought of
making the open-source drivers selectable in the list
instead of adding enable/disable buttons... That would make the interface much
more simple (see attached mockup).
- Why display the kernel-version? That is irrelevant for most users
Now that F10 masks boot messages by default, it'll be hard for users to catch
the initscript's warnings if they're missing a kmod. We'll either need to
a way for users to check the driver status, or document how to do it from the
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