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[4]: So What's the Problem?
by CaptainFlint on Wed 19th Apr 2006 18:30 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: So What's the Problem?"
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nvidia drivers are designed in a commitee of different graphics cards manufacturers who come to a common consensus about the architecture and the interface of the technology??

I'd think not. So putting a big binary blob in a kernel is a good idea even if you (not you, Chris, a general you for developers) don't really know how it works and what else it might do besides the stuff on the feature list.

Don't just think of yourself (yes, you Chris). Think of the people that have maintain and integrate blobs and an interface for them while working voluntarily on the Linux kernel.

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