Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 18th Apr 2006 17:49 UTC
Linux Efforts to bring glitzy new graphics to Linux are fueling an old conflict: Does proprietary software belong in open-source Linux? The issue involves software modules called drivers, which plug into the kernel at the heart of the open-source operating system. Drivers let software communicate with hardware such as network adapters, hard drives and video cards.
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So What's the Problem?
by Arakon on Tue 18th Apr 2006 18:23 UTC
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If linux is all about freedom of choice, I want the choice to use my hardware as the developer intended even if it means closed source drivers. I believe it is very pig-headed and hypocritical for any kernel developers who try to impede the efforts of manufactures to make closed drivers for linux while they run about touting "choice" and "openess". It's not a very open system if they only allow "It's our way or the highway."

Besides isn't it about what I do with "MY PC"? What business is it of theres if I "choose" to use proprietary binary drivers. It's my choice. When they start dictating what I can and cannot use on my system, then how are they any better than the other camp, MS?

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