Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Jun 2008 09:49 UTC
3D News, GL, DirectX Yesterday, we reported on the statement several kernel developers had signed that urged hardware manufacturers to open up their Linux modules and drivers. "We, the undersigned Linux kernel developers, consider any closed-source Linux kernel module or driver to be harmful and undesirable," the statement read. Nvidia, which delivers probably the most prominent closed-source Linux driver, has reiterated its position concerning this matter.
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It's why all those programs out there are available as tar.gz. Write once, compile and run across the linux distros, BSDs and any other platform with Make and the base libraries available.

Of course you need a binary to run the bits but you need source first to get the binary.

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