Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Oct 2006 20:49 UTC, submitted by Eugenia
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "Is Ubuntu an operating system? Last week at EuroOSCON, Mark Shuttleworth gave the closing keynote outlining what he believes are the major struggles faced by the open-source/free-software community. During his talk, it became clear that Ubuntu is trying to achieve a radical shift in the software world. Ubuntu isn't trying to be a platform for mass-market application software: it is trying to be the primary provider of both the operating system and all the application software that a typical user would want to run on his machine. Most Linux distributions are like this, and I think it is a dangerous trend that will stifle innovation and usability."
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evad
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2005-09-10

http://packages.ubuntu.com/dapper/misc/linux-restricted-modules-2.6...

Here is an example package, it's got all the non-free binary drivers in it and it's in the restricted section. It's not installed by default. I promise you that by default Ubuntu does not configure nVidia cards using the "nvidia" driver.

Although Ubuntu gives you the option of non-free binary drivers it doesn't force them on you.

In your link they mention drdsl, but as you can see...

http://packages.ubuntu.com/dapper/base/drdsl

...it is in the restricted section. It doesn't get installed by default. You have to enable restricted in your sources before it'll ever get near your computer.

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