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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If they exist and work, I'll use them
by cerbie on Thu 20th Apr 2006 07:52 UTC
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nVidia drivers I've had no problem with. So far, they are the only ones I've needed to bother using. If others were of similar quality, and 'just worked', I would use them without complaint.

However, as stated a few times already, many are not of good quality, or not even there. Both things hirt Linux desktop adoption. In fact, I was almost ready to go using my Linux desktop instead of Windows--change the dominant OS around. Why didn't I? Hardware support, as usual (mouse, in this case, not wanting to go above 400 cpi).

If it works well, I don't care if it is closed or open. I like the choice with FOSS. I like the discoverability of FOSS. I like the communities of FOSS. I like the quality of FOSS (which often surpasses what I can pay someone for!). I just don't like things not working properly.

It is getting there, and getting there, and getting there...but until the hardware vendors decide, on a large scale, to actually support Linux, we're going to have these debates, one side complain about the other, and still not be using our computers any better. Binary or source, or even just opening up some specs, wanting to support something other than Windows and OS X does not seem to be on many companies' agendas.

Does closed source software belong in the kernel? That is for me, as a user, to decide; on my PC, where getting it in there will not break any meaningful contract that I am aware of.

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