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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What Does it Matter?
by Mystilleef on Wed 19th Apr 2006 01:27 UTC
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Free software developers maintain and develop the kernel. You can whine all you like, redefine freedom all you like, and argue about your rights all you want. What matters, however, is what the kernel developers want. And so far, they want the kernel and all modules that link to it to remain free software. Quite frankly, they don't really give a shit about your convenience, perhaps you are mistaking them for Apple or Microsoft.

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