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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Well I think its simple...
by stabilep on Thu 20th Apr 2006 02:22 UTC
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2006-04-02

Well first off I want to say this:

Just because something is Open-source does not automatically make it "better" then propietary. Being propietary software does not automatically mean the software is "worse the OSS. You can have good and bad of both types of software. The advantage is if an OSS program sucks it can be fixed but only if someone cares enough. But neither type implies a better quality. Just a different license. Afterall for Windows anyways you have the standard nVidia and ATi drivers and then you have some modified versions of them like DNA Drivers, Omega, etc, all based off the propietary drivers, which shows that you do have the ability to make propietary software better.

Anyways to the main debate. I feel that the solution is simple and pretty much echos what a lot of people have already stated. If the end user wants to install it then let them install propietary software. DO not block it and do not automatically include it into the kernel. If the person wants a total FOSS system then let them use what they want.

Oh yeah on the comment/question on intel video cards, they make built in motherboard cards. in fact they are the largest graphic card market leader simpyl because practically every PC bought in a store or laptop bought with an intel chip has an intel built in video card on an intel motherboard. They are considered god awful pieces of crap whose only use comes from people who simply surf the net. When it comes to gaming or workstation cards (which is the only time nVidia and ATi cards are probably actually ever really needed) Intel cards are horrible. They were and still are a joke (and calling them extreme graphics made them a bigger joke especially when a lot of companies kept saying things like "you will enjoy state of the art video games on the state of the art Intel Extreme Graphics Card with a whopping 128mb of memory (which we forgot to tell you come from your main system ram meaning you get less ram now yay)") anyways So yeah thats my comment/rant on intel video cards/adapters.

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