Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Dec 2006 22:28 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source "Recently there has been a lot of discussion bubbling up regarding the possibility that Ubuntu will ship proprietary 3D drivers by default for some video cards. My aim here is not to discuss the specifics of that decision, which is still being fleshed out and ratified, but to instead define my views on the bigger picture behind the discussion - features vs. freedom."
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RE[5]: Freedom?
by pandronic on Tue 19th Dec 2006 09:18 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Freedom?"
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2006-05-18

That's strange ... I've got a SiS network card that is not recognized by any Linux distribution I've tried. I've found a driver somewhere, but I've found out from some forums that I had to recompile the kernel for it to work. Needless to say that it didn't work for a couple of reason and I gave up.

While trying several Linux distributions, I've found myself reinstalling the system just to change a setting in the installer, instead of finding out where that setting is hidden in the system. Well that sucks, because I really wanted to give Linux a fair chance.

The first thing I do, when I try a new Linux distribution is to create a Terminal shortcut, even if it makes me uncomfortable, I really don't know how to use it very well and I don't care to learn. That's unacceptable for a modern OS.

I'm an experienced Windows user and a less than average Linux user that every time gets put off by some missing or awkward feature. It's getting frustrating.

Binary drivers, and standard binary applications would be great if they brought to Linux the ease of use and compatibility of Windows.

I couldn't care less for sources. I care about things working, and working without the CLI.

Signed:
Just a casual Linux user

Edited 2006-12-19 09:22

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