Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 25th Oct 2006 08:41 UTC
Linux A few months ago we ran a poll about the most important non-free Linux apps. We had over 8,000 votes in that poll and we consider the results pretty interesting. Interesting enough to push Linux's market share if a distro capitalized on them?
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Getting more pathetic everyday
by Aussie_Bear on Wed 25th Oct 2006 06:25 UTC
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Seriously, this website should just stop breathing...It used to be good, but now its pointless whingeing from the complete lack of understanding of what's going on.

Firstly, the people that demand all this from Linux distros are former Windows users. They aren't familiar with the legal and other ramifications that arise from blindly adopting formats and drivers without thinking. In fact, they don't give a flying f--k, because that's what they've been molded to think.

And that's wrong. Without the existance of such thinking and framework, Linux and other open-source projects wouldn't exist as they are today. Sadly, many people don't realise that. All they care about is the possibility of getting away from Windows. (Which often results in failure, because they're still trying to use their Windows "experience" in Linux).

Second, the Nvidia and ATI driver issue is getting addressed.

Two projects are working on open versions (3D Acceleration) of drivers. So in the future, newbies wouldn't even need to mess with video card drivers for the two most popular video card brands.

For Nvidia cards, the "nouveau project" is handling the open driver.
If you can help in any way, please do. It benefits to us all.

The R300_DRI handles the ATI side

The progress can be found here.

Never the less, writing drivers from scratch (with no support from ATI or Nvidia, thank you very much a$$holes), is damn hard work. This will take time, but the goal will be achieved.

As the recent Nvidia driver security issue has emphasized, closed drivers aren't always a good idea, despite that's our only current option. (It demonstrates Theo de Raadt's views.)

And someone mention something about DirectX...Have they not heard of SDL?

All I'm saying is that we should be patient. Whingeing how you want all this doesn't help. In fact, it doesn't do much.

Talking to the developers directly responsible for addressing these deficiencies and helping out in your spare time, does. You help attack the problem directly.

Open-source is about actively addressing issues. Sure, they will take time, but that doesn't mean it won't get done. But what can you expect from volunteers?

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