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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ATI open source drivers up until recently have had to be reverse engineered. Of course the quality isn't going to be spectacular -- though considering that they're pretty decent. Your argument fails. Honestly, not everyone using or wanting to use Linux is a geek or should be required to know so much about all this regarding graphics drivers.. I personally don't give a rat's behind at all if it's reversed engineered or whatnot.. The only thing i absolutely care about is if the end result WORKS or not.. especially when i put a huge part of my salary into buying a good machine or latptop. If you would like to stick to what you said or give me this "linux is not for ........" crap, then enjoy watching Linux fall behind and be the OS for the minority. Yes, take it how you like it, but you ARE the minority, because I can guarantee you the majority thinks the same. Anyway, like i said, I speak from personal experience, to the extent that I switched to OSX and have never been more happy.. regardless open source or not, free or not.. it WORKS. And to Soulbender, so far it runs on only x86 and x64, but runs on XP, Vista, Solaris, FreeBSD, and Linux to my knowledge. Regards,

The problem with your theory about OSX (or for that matter Windows) is that yes IT WORKS ... on hardware that is designed to work with it.

If you did the same courtesy for Linux ... and just run Linux only on hardware that was designed to work with Linux, such as Intel graphics hardware, or lately ATI graphics hardware, then ... lo and behold ... Linux too JUST WORKS.

In fact, Linux WORKS on more hardware than either OSX or Vista does.

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