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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"they" = whoever decided to make the linux kernel GPL, which I presume was Linus.

This really doesn't have anything to do with the Kernel being GPL. Nobody in his right mind would include huge binary blobs that are provided as-is by some random 3rd party vendor in his product.

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