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 kaiwai on Wed 19th Apr 2006 07:27 UTC
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So think twice before you say, "OOHHH.. I don't care! Give me binary-only so I can use my shiny new nvidia card." 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.<?i>

The fact is, it isn't just that simple; what about me using FreeBSD? should I be left out in the cold? Lets compare; you have FreeBSD which is a since to maintain for given that it has a stable API, stable compiler for longer periods than Linux etc. The problem of bad hardware support isn't just a linux problem, but a problem for all those who use alternative operating systems.

As for boycotting Nvidia/ATI or some other company, it'll make little inroads because as end users we only make up a small percentage compared to the over 100million PC's that are pre-loaded with Windows and equiped with the latest and greatest video cards.

The alternative is to create an opensource graphics card; possibly using an existing, already opened up graphics specification - say the Matrox G550, as a starting point, then work up from there; but it would require major sponsorship by Novell, Red Hat, SUN and other players to get it through to production and a usable product.

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