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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Simple problem with closed drivers
by sc3252 on Tue 18th Apr 2006 21:53 UTC
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If a user complains about software zzz, and gives hardware information including hardware x, to developer y, info on hardware and x is looked at by developer y. After a few days y notices that there is a problem in hardware x, but company of x is out of business and someone else ownes the ip. The ip owner of x doesnt want to release new drivers since it doesnt make any business sense, and the person with the buggy drivers has to live with the bug or buy new hardware. See the problem yet.

If we start to rely on closed source drivers things like this will start to happen.

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