Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Mar 2011 18:59 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y And over the weekend, the saga regarding Canonical, GNOME, and KDE has continued. Lots of comments all over the web, some heated, some well-argued, some wholly indifferent. Most interestingly, Jeff Waugh and Dave Neary have elaborated on GNOME's position after the initial blog posts by Shuttleworth and Seigo, providing a more coherent look at GNOME's side of the story.
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RE[7]: F**k this shit!
by nt_jerkface on Wed 16th Mar 2011 18:12 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: F**k this shit!"
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nt_jerkface good question.

It was a rhetorical question that both you and I know the answer to. GPU drivers are the big stinking elephant in the room and there is also the reality that most hardware companies would prefer to write a proprietary binary driver for a stable interface.

The way I put is that closed source driver makers wanting to use kernel space are like carrying possible drug using gear into an airport and trying to refuse having you ass and other private areas inspected. Basically inspection should be expected.

Why not let users decide? The security paranoid can use basic open source drivers and everyone else can use proprietary drivers.

Like most defenses of the Linux driver model you ignore problems resulting from that model that users continually face.

The user-space interface is only mostly stable. Every year you defend the Linux driver model and every year a new Linux user gets some trivial device broken from an update and goes back to Windows or OSX.

There is no Linux distro that can be trusted to auto-update itself along with a typical desktop application suite and a basic set of peripherals. No Linux distro has a reliable record. Linux would have far more than 1% if the people at the top were concerned with building a system that finds a balance between the needs of users, open source advocates and hardware companies. But Linux is designed by open source advocates with little regard for users or hardware companies. Linus doesn't want proprietary drivers in his precious kernel and will gladly sacrifice marketshare to achieve this goal.

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