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]: My answer is YES
by jaylaa on Wed 19th Apr 2006 00:18 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: My answer is YES"
jaylaa
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I don't care about 'the foundations of the (insert poetry here) movement'. I want the best linux experience out of the box. Period. If this can be achieved by using proprietary software (like PC-BSD seems to do), then just do it! You still live in a dream world. Wake up! Linux is not a hacker's OS anymore and the end user doesn't care about the opensource poetry...

Yeah, well..

I don't care about 'the foundations of (insert profit motive here) theory'. I want the best Windows experience out of the box. Period. If this can be achieved by giving away the OS for free (like some OS's seem to do), then just do it! You still live in a dream world. Wake up! Windows is not a rich persons OS anymore and the end user doesn't care about capitalist ideals...

The second paragraph is only as silly as the first. MS could give away Windows for free and gain lots of users, but then they don't make any money which is their objective. Linux could include all kinds of proprietary stuff and gain lots of users, but then it wouldn't be Free, which is it's objective. What would be it's purpose? Remember that thing called Unix? Is that what you want? Because the only reason we have alternatives to Unix in the *nix world is becasue of the opensource poetry...

GPL'd software is obviously not for you. And before I'm labeled an open source zealot I'll state that I myself use proprietary graphics drivers. But I don't shit on the ideals of the movement that got me this whole Free OS in the first place.

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