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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archiesteel
Member since:
2005-07-02

I didn't say anything about Windows. I said Linux should provide a better experience, and it can. Better than Windows even. But politics stops it.

No, they don't. Proprietary drivers are available for Linux. The vast majority of Linux users are using them. Some people don't want to use them? Fine, it's their choice, they're not influencing users not to (or to drop Linux because they have chosen to use proprietary drivers).

The kernel unfortunately can't legally be distributed with them - it's a legal issue, not a political one. It's not politics that keeps Linux growth to a slow pace, but user inertia (that also hurts OS X, btw). It seems to me that you're trying to add fuel to the flame, here.

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sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

A legal issue that is their own doing, not an outside sources.

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archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

"Their own doing"...who is this "they" you're referring to...all the Linux kernel contributors? Are you trying to turn this into a anti/pro-GPL flamewar as well?

In any case that's irrelevant and off-topic, as have been most of your posts. The fact is that NVIDIA/ATI drivers are ALSO not included with Windows, for different but similar legal reasons that are, obviously, of Microsoft's "own doing" - that's called copyright law, by the way.

So, in Linux as in Windows, you have to install the drivers separately. "OEMs do it" is not a valid argument, as one would have to compare OEM Linux PCs with NVIDIA/ATI hardware, and as far as I know these don't exist...

So, really, there's little difference between Linux and Windows on that point. Please stop trying to turn this into a flamewar and stay on-topic.

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