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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by sean batten on Wed 19th Apr 2006 10:49 UTC
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This discussion goes to highlight one of the problems with the FSF. They're all for providing you with freedom, but if you want to exercise that freedom you have to do it on their terms. Freedom on someone elses terms doesn't sound like freedom to me.

Why should it matter if the ATI/nVidia drivers are closed source? As long as they comply with the driver API then you should be free to use them as you see fit. The average user couldn't care less if the source code for the drivers is available. It's this kind of attitude that stops Linux making much headway into the desktop market.

Perhaps the FSF and RMS should focus their efforts more on getting the Hurd out the door instead of interfering in a kernel that isn't developed by them...

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