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[4]: My answer is YES
by sappyvcv on Tue 18th Apr 2006 22:38 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: My answer is YES"
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Windows does not play dvd and divx out of the box.

Correct, but OEM computers and dvd drives tend to come with DVD software. Just plop the CD/DVD in, install it, and you're good to go. Everyone knows how to put a CD/DVD in and click a few buttons.

Windows cannot edit MS Word files out of the box.
Windows cannot edit MS Excel files out of the box.

It can read/write rtf files if a home user needs basic stuff.

Windows does not have full drivers for Nvidia or Ati out of the box.

No, but any OEM computers with ATI/Nvidia cards will have the drivers preinstalled. If you buy a card and install it yourself, you get the drivers on a CD/DVD and just pop the CD/DVD in and you're good to go.

It's a better user experience.

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