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[3]: I'm all for it.
by Moulinneuf on Tue 18th Apr 2006 21:17 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I'm all for it."
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"Care to explain to me how my using proprietary drivers defeats my purposes for using a FOSS opererating system?"

Certainly , your a user , if you feel the proprietary driver are lacking , feel free to make them.

"Perhaps your purposes for doing so are not the same as everyone else's, eh?"

The only one stopping proprietary driver in GNU/Linux is you , its not like anyone as stopped you from making them ? You just cant legally include them in th kernel , but feel free to contribute proprietary module that connect to it.

"That's not for you to say."

Your right its the GPL that say so.

"They only people with a legitimate say are those who have contributed code to the Linux kernel"

Legally , no , they have to comply with the GPL.

"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."

All the included driver are GPL or GPL compatible.

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