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: I'm all for it.
by gilboa on Wed 19th Apr 2006 16:32 UTC in reply to "I'm all for it."
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Linux distros should include non-open source files.The users get 3d acceleration,MP3 support,and other features out of the box,and the developers can concentrate inproving the open-source parts.

And I assume that you are willing to pay for Fedora/Debian/SUSE/-insert name here- defense, if Mr. Fraunhofer ( decides to sue Fedoa/Debian/SUSE/-insert name here- for illegally distributing patented codecs?
It's much easier to shout "give us closed source binary drivers and illegal media codecs" when you are -not- the one paying for it. (Or in closed source driver's case, having to deal with closed source drivers causing huge amount of problems - read: 4K stacks on earlier nVidia drivers)


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RE[2]: I'm all for it.
by h times nue equals e on Wed 19th Apr 2006 20:55 in reply to "RE: I'm all for it."
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Rest asured, that Mr. Fraunhofer will not sue anybody, at least not the "Mr. Fraunhofer" that inspired the name-choice for some entities (the Fraunhofer institutes comes to mind).

For some biographical background on this very interesting historical (historical, as in : he's already dead, and this for quite some time) person, please refer to for example.

Beside that, (sorry for nitpicking, but this was something I couldn't resist), very well put argument !



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RE[3]: I'm all for it.
by gilboa on Wed 19th Apr 2006 21:08 in reply to "RE[2]: I'm all for it."
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I stand corrected then. Being a non European, I assumed that Fraunhofer was the name of the patent holder (a man) and not a name of an institute.


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