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My computer has a bit more non-free software than most I’ve seen in this meme on Planet Ubuntu, but nearly all of it is related to video drivers (so I can play cool games like Sauerbraten). Opera is for testing websites in yet another browser. I’m not sure why the linux-generic package is in there, unless it is because it pulls in the linux-restricted-modules package with the proprietary driver set.

Click if you are interested and don’t already know what vrms is all about (link is to a very short descripton).

matt@telecaster:~$ vrms
Non-free packages installed on telecaster

fglrx-modaliases          Identifiers supported by the ATI graphics driver
human-icon-theme          Human Icon theme
linux-generic             Complete Generic Linux kernel
linux-restricted-modules- Non-free Linux 2.6.27 modules helper script
linux-restricted-modules- Restricted Linux modules for generic kernels
nvidia-173-modaliases     Modaliases for the NVIDIA binary X.Org driver
nvidia-177-modaliases     Modaliases for the NVIDIA binary X.Org driver
nvidia-180-kernel-source  NVIDIA binary kernel module source
nvidia-180-modaliases     Modaliases for the NVIDIA binary X.Org driver
nvidia-71-modaliases      Modaliases for the NVIDIA binary X.Org driver
nvidia-96-modaliases      Modaliases for the NVIDIA binary X.Org driver
nvidia-glx-180            NVIDIA binary Xorg driver
opera                     The Opera Web Browser
sun-java6-bin             Sun Java(TM) Runtime Environment (JRE) 6 (architecture
sun-java6-jre             Sun Java(TM) Runtime Environment (JRE) 6 (architecture
tangerine-icon-theme      Tangerine Icon theme
unrar                     Unarchiver for .rar files (non-free version)
Reason: Modifications problematic

Contrib packages installed on telecaster

flashplugin-nonfree       Adobe Flash Player plugin installer
msttcorefonts             Installer for Microsoft TrueType core fonts
nvidia-common             Find obsolete NVIDIA drivers
nvidia-settings           Tool of configuring the NVIDIA graphics driver

17 non-free packages, 1.0% of 1674 installed packages.
4 contrib packages, 0.2% of 1674 installed packages.


  1. Why do you have nvidia and ati drivers installed? Surely that’s a pure recipe for disaster.

  2. Doh, I just remembered some come with it by default 🙂 I always uninstall mine – just good to avoid accidents.

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