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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sbergman27
Member since:
2005-07-24

pinky,

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:
2005-07-15

>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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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

"""Maybe you have installed the system without internet connection?"""

No. Always with the network available.

I've done this with both Dapper (for which there is no 3D support for the 200M) and with Edgy (which has an OSS driver that supports 200M for 3D but is not as fast as fglrx).

While I very *strongly* prefer OSS software, I'm not a zealot about it. If Ubuntu *does* sometimes install and use proprietary software, I'm actually OK with it. It would be interesting to me to know what criteria it used to determine when to do it, though.

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