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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RE[2]: I'm all for it.
by cr8dle2grave on Tue 18th Apr 2006 20:21 UTC in reply to "RE: I'm all for it."
cr8dle2grave
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Using proprietary drivers sort of defeats the purpose of having a free software operating system in the first place.

Care to explain to me how my using proprietary drivers defeats my purposes for using a FOSS opererating system? Perhaps your purposes for doing so are not the same as everyone else's, eh?

But, the reality is is that these drivers are running deep in the GPL'ed kernel territory - which is exactly where they should not be if they are proprietary and not free software.

That's not for you to say. That's not for me to say. It's most certainly not for RMS to say. They only people with a legitimate say are those who have contributed code to the Linux kernel, and those who have contributed have done so under explicit licensing terms which are a far sight more hospitable to proprietary drivers than you seem to be.

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