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 Finalzone on Wed 19th Apr 2006 05:29 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: My answer is YES"
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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.

Windows CD does not include hardware accelarated driver (3D graphic for other people) from either ATI and Nvidia. You will have to download them to enable these features so this is no diffrent from some Linux distros.

But for linux driver, often you must download it yourself and hack the kernel to load the driver.
Many linux distros have a repository to get these kind of drivers (Universe for Ubuntu, Livna for Fedora) that users can enable. Commercial distros such as Mandriva, Xandros and SUSE include them in their medias.

Edited 2006-04-19 05:40

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