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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Conflict ?
by poohgee on Tue 18th Apr 2006 19:41 UTC
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"all they have to do is interface with the kernel.. So who cares as long as my hardware works. The sandle wearers can have their 2d graphics."
-> Amen ;)

Take this principle a bit further & proprietary software shouldnt be allowed to run on Linux because it spreads bad karma .

Companies want to make money & dont want to give away years of work by making their software open-source.

Linux is about diversity & openess ?
Let people do what they want .

Linux is not going to get far without proprietary software & drivers because these companies are not going to throw their work away just to seem FOSS friendly .

Its a good way for them to get their work into the kernel (e.g. whatever the cluster filesystem is called) but xcept that if they dont have enough rescources to develop the driver/s themselves they dont really have a big reason to free & open source their work .

Who wants to give away their house or flat for free because its good for the community ?


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