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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>The thing is... it's not used in the configurations.

Wrong, i have installed Ubutnu on my Notebook and it installed and used/configured by default the non-free ati driver and the non-free driver for my wireless card.

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sbergman27 Member since:


What video chipset? And what wireless card?

I have an ati express 200M in my notebook, and it most certainly gets configured with the OSS driver. Same with my broadcom 43xx and the Nvidia card in my desktop box.

Edited 2006-10-05 21:59

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pinky Member since:

>What video chipset? And what wireless card?

The video card is a ATI FireGL T2.
At the moment i don't have access to the notebook so i don't know the exact manufacture of the wireless card but it needs the madwifi driver.

>I have an ati express 200M in my notebook, and it most certainly gets configured with the OSS driver.

Maybe you have installed the system without internet connection? The Ubuntu CD contains only Free Software but Ubuntu enables restricted by default in the source.list and if you have a internet connection during installation Ubuntu will download and install non-free software if Ubuntu think it's necessary.

Edited 2006-10-05 23:04

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BluenoseJake Member since:

I have a ATI 9200 in my Ubuntu box, it originally was installed using the OSS Driver and mesa 3d, I had to install the drivers myself. This is using Dapper. It's been that way on every box I have installed, probably about 50 in total, so I don't know why yours would be like that, but I think it may be the exception, not the rule

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OMRebel Member since:

Same here with my ATI Radeon 9600. It used the OSS driver in Breezy as well as in Dapper. Would be interesting to know why his install was so different.

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