Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 18th Apr 2006 17:49 UTC
Linux Efforts to bring glitzy new graphics to Linux are fueling an old conflict: Does proprietary software belong in open-source Linux? The issue involves software modules called drivers, which plug into the kernel at the heart of the open-source operating system. Drivers let software communicate with hardware such as network adapters, hard drives and video cards.
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rattaro
Member since:
2005-08-22

"No, but I guarantee you that speaks for the majority."

Good argument. I trust you because you guarantee it.

"Refusing propietary drivers because they are not open source IS politics, whether you like it or not."

Protecting freedom is NOT politics, it's principle. How you persuade others to follow your principles is politics. I don't see the kernel developers trying to convince anyone, just sticking to their ideas.

It's nice how you think refusing proprietary drivers is politics, where allowing them is not. Twisted and manipulative, but nice. I guess you fell for the proprietary driver politics. You know, the one where owners of proprietary drivers say their way is the right way, and any other way is just politics.

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Mitarai Member since:
2005-07-28

Its is politics because the desition of a few is affecting thousands, so thousands are hostages of the politic ideas of a few.

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rattaro Member since:
2005-08-22

"Its is politics because the desition of a few is affecting thousands, so thousands are hostages of the politic ideas of a few."

I don't agree that anyone is being a "hostage." That's just political talk. It's THEIR kernel! They wrote it. They don't want to be hostage to the proprietary vendors, like it has been mentioned before. Maybe you should think of it that way.

Again, politics is NVIDIA and ATI trying to convince people that their ideas are right and everyone else is wrong. You may not agree with the principles (that word again), but that's what they are trying to do. THAT's politics.

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