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: This is the trouble with Linux
by Havin_it on Wed 19th Apr 2006 12:58 UTC in reply to "This is the trouble with Linux"
Havin_it
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Well, hell, nothing wrong with being comfortable in your worldview I guess.

Here's the reality for developers and other computer users who don't have a whole lot of money, and like their PCs and other hardware to work until it drops, then drop-in a replacement. In the world of proprietary software and drivers, there's *no* guarantee this will be possible.

Say Nvidia bit the dust tomorrow. No more support, no more new Forceware, nada. Your PC doesn't cease working instantly, but next time the OS kernel (be it Linux, BSD or WinNT) gets a bugfix or security upgrade, your last-ever Nvidia drivers just might not work any more. So it's time to either cough up for a new GPU or make do with a frozen-in-time OS.

These hippies you see everywhere (?) don't engage in politics just for its own sake, or to seem more important as you seem to suggest. They just don't trust corporate driver/software vendors not to leave them in the lurch at some point. If you have that trust, then good for you.

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