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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I should have said "a good majority of users".

And if you want to gain a good chunk of market share, you have to cater to the majority of users.

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archiesteel Member since:

That's irrelevant to the discussion. No one's going to say that Mac OSX is "not ready for the desktop" or that it "privileges politics over ease-of-use", and yet its market share is roughly the same as that of Linux.

You're confusing issues, here.

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sappyvcv Member since:

Um.. how is it not relevant?

I never said catering to the majority of users WILL gain you marketshare.

Catering to the majority means a lot of things, and one issue is providing a better experience out of the box (do you want to argue that not having propietary drivers available because of principle is a better user experience?) by allowing propietary drivers. That's perfectly relevant.

I think you're the one confusing issues.

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