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[7]: My answer is YES
by SpasmaticSeacow on Wed 19th Apr 2006 16:06 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: My answer is YES"
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Untrue. In practice, most hardware uses a fairly standard set of hardware APIs with some minor differences. In fact, you could easily fit the drivers for every commercially available piece of hardware on a single CD and still have room for other stuff.

It's true that a driver disk for Windows might install 10-100M of software when you load the driver, but what's necessary to actually support the hardware is only a few Kbytes. Linux does a better job than Windows of generalizing hardware in this respect.

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