Originally Posted by energyman76b
That said. How many times does someone installs a new kernel and needs to reinstall the driver? And how hard is it to log in as root and let the installer run? Restarting X afterwards?
You must reinstall the driver every time you install a new kernel. For some leading edge distributions, that could be monthly.
It can be very hard to login as root and stop X and run the installer. You are thinking like the person that owns a desktop, not like the person that remotely admins 4000 machines.
The only solution at this point for a corporate environment is Intel graphics, since no such shenanigans are required. In some environments, such as modeling and heavy graphics, Nvidia would be a better choice for performance reasons. We'd just like the option of choosing a second vendor.