Originally Posted by NvFuchs
Neither the support requests related from this on this site nor the support requests on the (german) ubuntu forums let me think that this is the case. Keep in mind, there might at least be one user who isn't aware of it, he will run in troubles when following your howto. But as you gladly agree that I forward all users with problems related to manual driver installs to you, this is not a problem for me. Thanks in advance.
The fact that you might be interested in a stable driver, which has been tested for the specific distribution you want to run it on. Many new drivers come with features which a user is not interested in (e.g. support for new cards, support for new kernels/xorg versions, which ubuntu doesn't update during a release cycle anyway etc.)
I consider an issue which might lead a user to no graphical interface at all as a serious issue.
Basically I don't care about the Windows world here, as we are talking about Ubuntu. Personally I get the latest driver because I am using Gentoo, but this is not interesting as well, as we are still talking about Ubuntu. Different operating systems, different ways of getting things done.
Regarding the repos: as I said they might take some time to update the packages, but this is (in my opinion) an acceptable time. If a user needs bleeding edge, there is the possibility to install manually, but in that case the user should be warned about known issues.
If the official sticky does not work for lucid (please re-read my post, I clearly stated this already) then propose an update to the people responsible for it. Your thread is not sticky it will luckily get lost below the other threads in a few days anyway.
FYI, as already mentioned I am an official supporter in a Loco (therefore an official forum as well), and the consensus is that we have too much support requests originating in users updating the driver manually because they found how-tos on the web.
Stable driver also means the latest driver as previous bugs and issues are weeded out, in Intrepid the so called stable driver had a rendering bug with Firefox that made it unusable and yet, Ubuntu issued no updates.
You are correct about the sticky part but then this is entirely up to the nvidia forum mods, I can only make suggestions.
I can understand your point of people ruining their installs with incorrect procedures and asking for support at the LoCo but even then, Linux and Ubuntu is about freedom so the choice of installing the latest drivers always has to be there, I am sure you will agree with that.