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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Trade secrets
by Bonus on Wed 19th Apr 2006 12:31 UTC
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To be fair maybe 'trade secrets' are not that bad but they need to be resonable.
Obviously products like food used to be more local. One thing the government did was 'open up' food somewhat with forcing companies to list ingrediants. I am not sure how to protect trade secrets for chips though.

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