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Linux Kernel Seeing Patches For NVIDIA’s Proprietary Tegra Partition Table

As an obstacle for upstreaming some particularly older NVIDIA Tegra devices (namely those running Android) is that they have GPT entry at the wrong location or lacking at all for boot support. That missing or botched GPT support is because those older devices make use of a NVIDIA proprietary/closed-source table format. As such, support for this proprietary NVIDIA Tegra Partition Table is being worked on for the Linux kernel to provide better upstream kernel support on these consumer devices.

NVIDIA Tegra devices primarily rely on a special partition table format for their internal storage while some also support traditional GPT partitions.

[Source: Phoronix]

Some Fedora Users Concerned GNOME Software Promotes Proprietary Software With Flathub


The Fedora Workstation working group has been weighing the matter of the GNOME Software “app store” recommending/promoting proprietary software. But this isn’t something that is done out-of-the-box but rather when activating Flathub where Flatpaks can be installed for both open and closed-source software.

This stems from this issue report of GNOME Software recommending proprietary software. The principal issue is that when Flathub support is enabled — the de facto location for fetching Flatpaks — that GNOME Software can display banners promoting software like Dropbox or Spotify. Those Flatpaks are not open-source software.

There was a suggestion made that Fedora enlist some of their own filtering to prevent such promotions of proprietary software from taking place when Flathub is enabled or any other third-party repository or at the very least making it an opt-in user preference of whether binary-only packages could be “promoted” within GNOME Software. This isn’t a Fedora-specific issue but can happen with any other Linux distribution and GNOME Software depending upon the sources enabled.

At today’s working working group meeting, they acknowledged a lack of consensus on changing the GNOME Software behavior but do express some concerns. For the moment no action is being taken.

Ubuntu to Package Proprietary Nvidia Driver » Linux Magazine

According to reports, Ubuntu developers are planning to add the proprietary NVIDIA drivers to the ISO of the next release of Ubuntu (19.10).

However, these drivers will not be activated/enabled by default.

The reason for backing these drivers is simple. As mentioned in the Launchpad bug report, “On Ubuntu desktop, without a network connection, the user can elect to install 3rd party drivers (which states that it’ll install graphics driver) but even if the user selects this option, Nvidia proprietary drivers won’t be installed because they are not on the pool of the ISO.”

With drivers backed into the ISO, users can install these drivers without Internet. To ensure that there won’t be any licensing issues, Will Cooke of Canonical said that they have worked with Nvidia to ensure that they are allowed to distribute the drivers on the ISO. Depending on user feedback, Canonical might also back-port this to earlier releases of Ubuntu.

Canonical will continue to offer open-source Nouveau drivers as the default driver for NVIDIA cards.

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Ubuntu 19.10 To Bundle NVIDIA’s Proprietary Driver Packages As Part Of Its ISO


For Ubuntu 19.10 the developers are adding the NVIDIA driver packages onto the ISO. The NVIDIA binary drivers won’t be activated by default, but will be present on the install media to make it easier to enable post-install.

The open-source NVIDIA “Nouveau” drivers will remain the default for NVIDIA graphics on new Ubuntu installations, but this change is positioning the mainline and legacy NVIDIA proprietary drivers onto the Ubuntu ISO so that they can be easily obtained locally post-install. The main driver here is allowing users to enable the NVIDIA proprietary graphics on Ubuntu even if you don’t have an Internet connection. NVIDIA has already okay’ed the distribution of their driver packages with the Ubuntu ISO.

On the downside, adding the NVIDIA 390 and 418 drivers to the ISO pool has inflated the size of Ubuntu Eoan by 114MB. The overall Ubuntu x86_64 ISO size is now up to around 2.1GB.

This NVIDIA plan for Ubuntu 19.10 “Eoan” was firmed up this week via this Launchpad thread.