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: I'm all for it.
by gilboa on Wed 19th Apr 2006 16:32 UTC in reply to "I'm all for it."
gilboa
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Linux distros should include non-open source files.The users get 3d acceleration,MP3 support,and other features out of the box,and the developers can concentrate inproving the open-source parts.

And I assume that you are willing to pay for Fedora/Debian/SUSE/-insert name here- defense, if Mr. Fraunhofer (http://www.mp3licensing.com/) decides to sue Fedoa/Debian/SUSE/-insert name here- for illegally distributing patented codecs?
It's much easier to shout "give us closed source binary drivers and illegal media codecs" when you are -not- the one paying for it. (Or in closed source driver's case, having to deal with closed source drivers causing huge amount of problems - read: 4K stacks on earlier nVidia drivers)

Gilboa

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