Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Jun 2009 21:53 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
PC-BSD A known and usual problem with alternative operating systems is getting them on normal users' desktops. OEMs won't take you seriously until you gain massive traction, and even then your chances are still pretty low. So, iXsystems, PC-BSD's parent company, decided to take matters into its own hands, and has unveiled a PC-BSD workstation, with a PC-BSD laptop under way.
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RE[2]: Still missing nVidia x64
by darknexus on Tue 30th Jun 2009 07:04 UTC in reply to "RE: Still missing nVidia x64"
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It's what happens when you jump into the proprietary wagon. The guys there look cool and nice at first but then you find yourself thrown down a bridge with concrete boots.
You are voting with your money(and this also goes to OEMs). Don't vote for the Ass-Rapers Party.

Oh yes, people are voting with their money. It's a shame the rather small (by comparison) amount of people who care about open source vs proprietary don't really have enough buying power to make a dent as compared to those who don't... and usually, we end up voting the other way than the masses. People are voting with their money, and we're getting proprietary everything because of it since, like it or not, most people don't care as long as it works.

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r_a_trip Member since:

People are voting with their money, and we're getting proprietary everything because of it since, like it or not, most people don't care as long as it works.

No, even worse. Voting is a conscious process. People just spend money without thinking. They expect it to work, but unfortunately it almost never "just works". Instead of starting to think of ways to get the stuff to work, they just offload it to others in exchange for money or worse; they just appeal to the kindness of a tech savvy person for free.

It's this "I just consume and someone else will clean up the mess after me" that keeps so many shoddy products on the market alive.

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sakeniwefu Member since:

In the case of nVidia it's not really a bad product, it might actually be the best hardware, it's just that they enjoy mistreating their customers. Nothing they hide in the driver can be as valuable as they make it to be. If it was it would have been illegally reverse-engineered by a rival years ago as I am sure it is not beyond a single decent REer to do it.

Others, well, they don't have a good product, they don't even have a good driver, but they do make sure you won't be able to use their products even if you keep using the same version of Windows on the same computer.

Like everything in life, if you vote you will most likely lose, but if you don't vote you will lose for sure.

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j-kidd Member since:

I voted with my money and got a laptop with intel graphic chipset. After using it for a year, I have this to say:

f--k open source intel graphic driver

I will take nvidia proprietary driver any day of the week.

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echo.ranger Member since:

Funny, I did the same thing (bought a Thinkpad R60 with Intel graphics just to run Linux/X11) and I haven't looked back since. The Intel driver has been much better for my stress-level than the Nvidia drivers (installs as part of the base OS, works without hassles and a few xorg.conf tweaks have greatly improved performance). Granted, I don't play 3D FPS games on my laptop, but for standard 3d and visual effects it can't be beat in my experience.

I'm also still using Xubuntu 8.10, maybe that has something to do with it.

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