Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st Aug 2006 14:19 UTC, submitted by Jane Walker
Linux The Linux desktop has made great strides in just the last few months, and experts at the LinuxWorld Conference & Exhibition in San Francisco see much more to come. Talk about technological issues is finally turning into successful deployments. John Cherry, the Desktop Linux Initiative manager for Open Source Developer Labs, spoke with SearchOpenSource.com about the progress of the Portland Project's beta release of its programming interfaces for the GNOME and KDE environments.
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Drivers
by Gone fishing on Mon 21st Aug 2006 17:08 UTC
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2006-02-22

The driver thing is worrying me. I understand why Linux distros canít include closed source drivers, I can see why binary blobs arenít desirable and why GPL fundis want to preserve GPL etc, etc.

However, I want to use compiz etc. I donít mind if my Suse, Ubuntu etc doesnít work out of the box as long as itís easy to find and install the drives I need, I understand the drivers canít included as such, but links to where I can get the drivers or instructions to how to add repositories where the drivers can be found would be/is good. Why not a CD full of useful stuff downloaded from the net (like you get with PC mags) included with my boxed set disto?

What bothers me is people being hostile to the hardware companies for producing the closed source drivers, yes Iíd rather they open sourced them, but Iím thankful they produce Linux drivers at all. It would be much worse without any for e.g. 3D drivers. If the open source community gives these companies nothing but grief for producing these Linux drivers, they might just stop supporting Linux altogether Ė I donít want to use the nv or vesa drivers, and I donít think Iím alone.

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