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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RE[3]: So What's the Problem?
by Chris on Wed 19th Apr 2006 15:36 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: So What's the Problem?"
Chris
Member since:
2005-09-28

> A lot of hardware is comitee designed so everyone can
> play fair, that's not the case in software.

So are the nvidia drivers, but that isn't enough for some, for some it MUST be open source.

I don't care as long as it does what i want it to do, just like my hardware.

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CaptainFlint Member since:
2006-01-24

nvidia drivers are designed in a commitee of different graphics cards manufacturers who come to a common consensus about the architecture and the interface of the technology??

I'd think not. So putting a big binary blob in a kernel is a good idea even if you (not you, Chris, a general you for developers) don't really know how it works and what else it might do besides the stuff on the feature list.

Don't just think of yourself (yes, you Chris). Think of the people that have maintain and integrate blobs and an interface for them while working voluntarily on the Linux kernel.

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RE[5]: So What's the Problem?
by Chris on Fri 21st Apr 2006 22:32 in reply to "RE[4]: So What's the Problem?"
Chris Member since:
2005-09-28

> Don't just think of yourself (yes, you Chris). Think of > the people that have maintain and integrate blobs and > an interface for them while working voluntarily on the > Linux kernel.

I'm not saying i wouldn't like to see the nvidia drivers fully open source offcourse i would.

But as long as they are not, i don't have a problem using them.

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