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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archiesteel
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2005-07-02

Users want convenience not politics.

Not all users want the same thing. To argue otherwise is a mistake...

That said, there's nothing illegal about using proprietary drivers with a GPL kernel...you just can't redistribute it. So all we need is a script that checks for a Nvidia or ATI chip at install time, download the latest driver and sets it up automatically. That way you're not distributing illegal kernels, and yet you allow users to make best of their hardware.

Meanwhile, I don't believe ATI and/or Nvidia when they say that they can't open-source their drivers for competitive reasons...it's the cost/performance ratio that makes the card, and not the drivers. Now, if they use some licensed technology, then it makes more sense, but the least they could do is reveal what licensed code they use, so the community could try to provide open alternatives.

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