Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Mar 2007 22:44 UTC
Linux "Ubuntu is a strong desktop distro, but it falls short for some users in a few areas. Where are the multimedia codecs and DVD support, and what's with all the brown, for heaven's sake? If you'd like multimedia support with a minty fresh theme, try Linux Mint 2.2, an Ubuntu-based distro that throws in support for Flash 9, Windows Media Format, DVDs, MP3s, and troublesome wireless cards."
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A good move...
by latte on Fri 9th Mar 2007 02:05 UTC
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I strongly support this move by Linux Mint :-)

This is the stance that ESR is taking too - get the Linux OSS **user-numbers up**, and then (when the numbers have reached critical-mass), the "big push" for open-source drivers can be made.

Another BIG help in the hardware-support area will be KDE 4 with its "Solid" hardware-detection library. That will help big-time!

In the real world, many newcomers to Linux and the rest of OSS just want stuff to work - they don't give a rat's patootie about "nasty evil binary drivers".

Linux is being adopted at such a rate now that in say two years time, the "big push" can be made then. Until then, the **number ONE** priority is to get the user-numbers up.... :-)

Edited 2007-03-09 02:08

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RE: A good move...
by antenna on Fri 9th Mar 2007 05:40 in reply to "A good move... "
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I'm thinking that in two years, when everything appears to be working for these users to a satisfactory level, they wont care a whole lot about a 'big push' and neither will the hardware manufacturers who will likely have less incentive to open up anything. I don't think that gaining apathetic users are worth compromising principles over, but that's me.

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