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: no non-free in my kernel
by Wrawrat on Wed 19th Apr 2006 03:55 UTC in reply to "no non-free in my kernel"
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We should instead say, "No, I won't buy nvidia until they release an open-source card" because that is the only way to put pressure on vendors to provide real support for their hardware in linux.

Quite unlikely. For most people, a computer is merely a tool of work/convenience. I doubt enough people would engage themselves for the openness of drivers. The movement would need the help of the average user. Unfortunately, I doubt the cause rank high in his priorities. I am aware that europeans are better "engaged" in social causes, still...

My take? Not until there is a serious competitor showing up with open-source drivers or supporting proprietary drivers becomes too much of an hassle.

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