I am astounded to read that Ubuntu has one Xorg developer. And he’s got a bit of a problem with bugs.
If you head over to his chart of bug reports, you’ll see an interesting thing. Except for the No. 1 cause (Xorg itself), the next 7 reasons that Ubuntu bug triagers have have filed bugs under are either lrm (linux-restricted-modules – basically proprietary mush), nvidia or ati binary blobs.
Incredibly, it would appear Ubuntu doesn’t even support nouveau yet. I’ve been using it without issue for the last two Fedora releases. F-12 even has plymouth/kms support.
Come on Ubuntu, its time for you guys to drop fglrx and nvidia and get on the radeon and nouveau train. You don’t need that proprietary crutch no more.
Ph34r my g1mp skillz!
Original image: Crutches, by Diego Cupolo
Update: As Karl quite rightly points out, Mark Shuttleworth promised to actively support these efforts years ago…