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[5]: My answer is YES
by archiesteel on Wed 19th Apr 2006 01:31 UTC
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Either you didn't aware or were being ingorant, when you buy ATI/Nvidia card, there is also windows driver CD in the box.

Really? What if I buy a used card? What if I lose my CD and need to reinstall?

"Out-of-the-box" means that it installed at the same time as the OS, not separately. We're not actually talking about the video card's box...

Mind you, there's nothing preventing the video card manufacturers to put the Linux driver on the CD as well - and in fact I'm sure some already do. However, that's the manufacturer's responsibility, and that still wouldn't make it "out-of-the-box."

But for linux driver, often you must download it yourself and hack the kernel to load the driver.

"Hack the kernel"? Hardly. The NVIDIA installer is a straightforward executable file, just like the ATI installer. And, if you're using Ubuntu, you can have it installed through the EasyUbuntu tool.

That said, it's highly debatable that using a CD to install a driver is simpler or more user-friendly than downloading it from the Internet. That's really a matter of personal preference, not fact.

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