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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always debates.
by tiiim on Tue 18th Apr 2006 19:48 UTC
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Like all things there needs to be a fundalmental balance between it all, at end of day you will get purist of both side of the spectrum. There are people are ATI and Nvidia do need to make a living a feed the family as much as people on open source. If people have a problem with properity software, why buy a properity card? If you think about it your still paying for the software on the card so if you want to be "so pure" get an open hardware card (if there is such thing).

What i find most amusing is there is people who cant stand this proriety stuff but in some instances they will happy break legal law in order to have "free" support for that proriety format. MP3s, DVDS, movies etc etc are all properity formats. Throw away your TV, don't go to the cinema, don't play Halo because its all properity or made on properity. yes there are purist out there who never touch such things because of the properity nature, get themself into a religious free software starvation of software way of life. Hey if you choose it thats fine. But you do pay for the format with all the money we spend on software I have no problem with mixing free with properity. I do understand people want to make a stand but to I wonder how many people use the "Free" software for the coding or because its "free and i dont wont to give Bill anymore of my money"? very few people of the free software movement actually tinker with the code. Use it if you want it, just don't stop the rest of us following are "properity" movement if we choose too. Don't get me wrong I use both free and source software and like it, some of the tools i use i prefer to the "expensive"counterpart. But there is also other tools I use that cost more money but i use it because it does the job better, we need balance here people.

Edited 2006-04-18 19:51

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