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 jchildrose on Wed 19th Apr 2006 00:09 UTC in reply to "RE: 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?<<

It doesn't defeat your purposes, and I didn't mean to imply that it defeated your purposes. You are free to do whatever you like with your installation of Linux. That is the beauty of free software.

My statements were about proprietary drivers in general, not how someone such as yourself may use them.

Look at it this way - if ATI or Nvidia were to ship a version of the Linux kernel with their proprietary drivers built in, and not offer the source to the modifications that they made - would that be OK? Or would it be in violation of the GPL? Offering binary modules that operate in kernel space really is no different, as far as I see it.

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

Curiosity mostly, and Enemy Territory ;)

Anyway, just my .02. Take it for what it's worth.

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