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 theine on Thu 20th Apr 2006 01:16 UTC
theine
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2005-09-29

I find it really difficult to swallow that a group can proclaim that Linux is open and free, as well as chant one of the most attractive things is that you can customise the system if it doesn't do exactly what you want, but then be so against allowing people the choice of adopting non-free or non-open software.

They (I assume you are referring to the Linux kernel developers) DO allow people the choice of adopting non-free or non-open software. They just don't care about how convenient it is for companies like NVidia and ATI to provide Linux drivers.

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