Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Aug 2006 22:50 UTC
SuSE, openSUSE "Finally. For years, the holy grail of the Linux desktop has been to get a major computer vendor to commit to preloading a Linux desktop. It finally happened. On August 4th, we found out that Lenovo Group, the company that has taken over IBM's Personal Computing Division, had made a deal with Novell to preload SLED 10 on its ThinkPad T60p mobile workstation. For the first time, a major OEM has committed to preloading a Linux desktop."
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Short term pain for long term gain?
by Nezumi on Sat 5th Aug 2006 17:10 UTC
Nezumi
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2006-04-02

Whilst I share the frustration of users who have a need for non-free drivers (I cannot get the RT61 module to play nice with WPA_ASSISTANT and I'm not alone) I also have the following thoughts:

The GPL has brought a number of projects pretty far. The Linux kernel is a prime example as are the many GPL programs it uses as part of a distro. IMHO, the Linux space is exciting at the moment partly (but not mostly) because of the GPL.

Disallowing binary modules prevents contamination and possible hijacking of kernel/userspace by companies fond of *cough* 'Embrace and Extend'. I shudder to think what would happen if a AAA product just happened to make a binary kernel module a 'de-facto' standard. DRM anyone? At both the hardware and software levels?

FlexLM anyone?


Perhaps a stance on binary modules can be taken by vendors. I don't know much about the LSB (and am happy to be corrected), but wonder if distribution of binary modules could be made to violate the LSB standard.

Vendors that have make driver code available under an acceptable license may wish to use the LSB logo, complete with Tux the Penguin and the phrase 'It just works' on the sticker. As well as distro's, it goes on hardware like laptops, servers PDA's wireless etc...

Microsoft and Intel like stickers, maybe Tux does to.


Can certain drivers be moved to userspace via an open, (but kernel agnostic) and Free API? Essentially sandboxed?


Similar topics need to be resolved with regards to current and next-generation DRM and/or Codec formats at some point. I can imagine Blu-Ray, HD-DVD and technologies like HDMI forcing the issue...

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