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Luis Chamberlain sent out the modules changes today for the Linux 6.6 merge window. Most notable with the modules update is a change that better builds up the defenses against NVIDIA's proprietary kernel driver from using GPL-only symbols. Or in other words, bits that only true open-source drivers should be utilizing and not proprietary kernel drivers like NVIDIA's default Linux driver in respecting the original kernel code author's intent.

Back in 2020 when the original defense was added, NVIDIA recommended avoiding the Linux 5.9 for the time being. They ended up having a supported driver several weeks later. It will be interesting to see this time how long Linux 6.6+ thwarts their kernel driver.

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[–] [email protected] 11 points 10 months ago (1 children)

Which browser are you using? Perhaps it has some built in blocking

[–] [email protected] 1 points 10 months ago (1 children)
[–] [email protected] 2 points 10 months ago* (last edited 10 months ago)

I believe the standard amount of blocking in Firefox is:

  • Social media trackers
  • Cross-site cookies in all windows
  • Tracking content in Private Windows
  • Cryptominers
  • Fingerprinters

Since the line between "ads" and "tracking everything people do on the internet" has been pretty blurred, perhaps the anti-adblock checker triggers on any of those.