Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Oct 2006 20:49 UTC, submitted by Eugenia
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "Is Ubuntu an operating system? Last week at EuroOSCON, Mark Shuttleworth gave the closing keynote outlining what he believes are the major struggles faced by the open-source/free-software community. During his talk, it became clear that Ubuntu is trying to achieve a radical shift in the software world. Ubuntu isn't trying to be a platform for mass-market application software: it is trying to be the primary provider of both the operating system and all the application software that a typical user would want to run on his machine. Most Linux distributions are like this, and I think it is a dangerous trend that will stifle innovation and usability."
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"""Note that Ubuntu ships and installs proprietary drivers by default without giving users a choice."""

That is incorrect.

I have a few devices on my machines which are not supported in an OSS way, but do have binary only drivers. Ubuntu does the best it can on these devices, installing the xorg nv driver for my nvidia card, the xorg radeon driver for my ati express 200M, and the rather rickety bcm43xx driver for my notebook's wireless.

In no case has Ubuntu resorted to binary only modules on the install.

Ubuntu (and its associated community) *does* make installing the proprietary bits straightforward for the users who have considered the issues and have chosen to install them.

Can you provide some concrete examples to support your claim?

Edited 2006-10-05 21:28

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