Ok.. I went and aquired an old 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RV350 AP [Radeon 9600]
01:00.1 Display controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RV350 AP [Radeon 9600] (Secondary)
and Kubuntu works just beautiful as well as Unity 3D and all my other experimentals. I will use the old nvidia card for a precise install.
Last edited by ventrical; January 9th, 2013 at 10:44 PM.
Testing Ubuntu versions is all about time and having it! There are all sorts of surplus adaptor cards in these parts. It is a lot easier to just go out and get another card thats listed. Going through this experience however, demonstrates to me that there is nothing safe in the Ubuntu U+1 repos. There will always be changes in the infrastructure of how the GUI is rendered (no matter what desktop experience) and any video adapter card may find itself victim to become obsolete during the development cycle.
But it should be:* FOSS end_user beware*, especially in Ubuntu's case, because unsuspecting end_users with installs of Precise Pangolin ,or previous, will be prompted to upgrade to Quantal or ... Raring Ringtail only to find that , not only is their previous install busted and not recoverable, but there current *upgrade* is inoperable.
Not everyone has the expertise or experience to install video adaptor cards (most application end_users don't even know what a motherboard is). Although I do understand that Ubuntu versions are currently being developed to be more 'sexy', a lot of end users are being left in the dust and excluded. And telling persons who fall victim to this type of obsoletion to try a different version such as Lubuntu or Xubuntu does not really address the matter squarely.
Eh, just enable precise-proposed and install the update. You'd know if you were subscribed to the bugreport:
note that unity won't work with effects, since the driver doesn't support some GL features unity depends on.
Excellent news! Thanks.
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What happened? The unity features? Those probably got backported, so there you go.
So you missed the fact that the last xserver release nvidia-96 supports is 1.12? Quantal and raring both have 1.13, and raring will get 1.14 at some point.
IOW there's no point in keeping a non-functional and abandoned driver in the repo.