Linked by David Adams on Sun 11th Dec 2011 01:37 UTC, submitted by rhyder
Linux It's starting to look like the end of an era for Ubuntu users as Canonical mull the creation of an ISO that won't fit onto a CDR. The question is, does it matter? Canonical owes at least part of its success with Ubuntu Linux to the unique way that it has been distributed. From the start it has been available as a downloadable ISO image and a free CD, posted at no cost to the user. This was great news for people who wanted to install Linux but did not have the luxury of a decent Internet connection. In a sense, installing via a CDR image has always been like a kind of cache, in that you're moving part of the content that you need onto permanent storage rather than pulling it through the network connection
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RE[4]: Yes, it's a problem.
by AdamW on Mon 12th Dec 2011 03:47 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Yes, it's a problem."
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In fact you can take it further: the main reason the 3D support for those chips is being dropped is simply that it's pretty much useless; they're just not powerful enough to do much *practical* in the present day. You can't play modern games on them, and making them capable of running Shell or Unity is more work than anyone wants to take on.

So given that the 3D code for those chips isn't really of much practical use to anyone, dropping it makes sense. But the same rationale does not apply to the 2D drivers for those chips.

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