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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Fighting a Loosing Battle
by Guppetto on Tue 18th Apr 2006 18:29 UTC
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This is one battle the fundamentalist are going to loose. At some point proprietary drivers for Graphics, and Networking, will be unavoidable, becuase IP is growing stronger by the day around the world. Intel is a maveric in this issue, but one has to wonder if they'll maintain their current possition once their cards reach true competitiveness with the likes of NVIDIA and ATI. Their networking drivers are already proprietary, but they do seem committed to providing Linux support which is a good thing.

The truth here is that it all comes down to money and none of these companies that are making money selling their cards and the drivers required to use them are interesting in the grand idea of free and open for all, becuase competiton has a way of reducing profits. At some point the survival of Linux is going to come down to this very battle, and It's my belief that the purist will loose. I can feal the flames already from that comment.

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