Proprietary driver for NVidia - installation problem (Ubuntu's fault!)

Bug #1195727 reported by Josip Bakić on 2013-06-28
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Bug Description

Hi, guys!

On a fresh install, the "Hardware drivers" thing always kindly offers to install the NVidia proprietary drivers (if you have an NVidia card, of course). You choose to install them, eventually the machine reboots, and Unity fails to load or loads in some kind of fallback graphics mode. User must now be experienced enough to press Ctrl+Alt+F1, type in his username and password (if they know their username, since it's usually never asked for), and use apt-get to uninstall the freaking open source NVidia drivers, because it's just a stupid clash between them and the proprietary drivers.

The solution would be to have the hardware driver installer remove the other drivers after installing the NVidia proprietary one. (A great help would also be if people could somehow easily repair this type of thing. The "drivers" thing just offers it, without even a warning that you should be a console ninja if anything goes wrong. How about an automatic offer to rollback at next boot? Checking the graphics capabilities before and after?..)

Please fix this already! Things like this mean that Ubuntu is less accessible to "ordinary" users, not to mention how bad it looks, compared to what a simple little problem it is.

Best regards!

Josip Bakić

affects: nvidia-graphics-drivers (Ubuntu) → ubuntu
description: updated
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