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 OMRebel on Wed 19th Apr 2006 18:36 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: So What's the Problem?"
OMRebel
Member since:
2005-11-14

"Proprietary software is completely different than proprietary hardware."

Good argument. But, just to play devil's advocate, is a motherboard considered proprietary? If so, then proprietary software and hardware can be the same. Ever flash a BIOS?

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CaptainFlint Member since:
2006-01-24

You see when it comes to hardware as such there are industry standard design guidelines. No motherboard manufacturer will modify the PCI bus on their own and ship the motherboard out. They follow a set of specifications.

Now if graphics cards manufacturers provided specs for and INTERFACE alone and not the drivers, dvelopers' lives would be made really easy and it would ensure better integration and support for their cards.

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