Educating users about binary drivers

Registered by Mark Shuttleworth on 2006-10-18

We are installing non-Free drivers by default, but this situation causes both support problems in the short term and viability problems in the long term. Therefore we need to educate users about the problem, encouraging them to avoid hardware that requires such drivers. This should be done using a notification bubble on login, an extra section in the Device Manager, and a CGI script on Ubuntu.com for providing up-to-date information about alternative hardware.

Blueprint information

Status:
Complete
Approver:
Martin Pitt
Priority:
High
Drafter:
Matthew Paul Thomas
Direction:
Needs approval
Assignee:
Martin Pitt
Definition:
Approved
Series goal:
Accepted for feisty
Implementation:
Implemented
Milestone target:
None
Started by
Scott James Remnant (Canonical) on 2006-12-12
Completed by
Scott James Remnant (Canonical) on 2007-05-15

Related branches

Sprints

Whiteboard

code given to pitti for cleaning up and getting into the archive

pitti: restricted-manager provides GUI for enabling/disabling drivers and handles the notification part. We do not yet have the online hardware database yet (CGI script on ubuntu.com), though, and I'm not sure that I am the best person to set this up.

Question: The Login Bubble wouldn't annoy the user would it? Good idea, though. : )

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Work Items

Dependency tree

* Blueprints in grey have been implemented.