Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 5th Nov 2009 21:05 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y There's no right way to do it, only ideas that are better than others in certain situations. But if you had the opportunity to head up the design of a new OS, one to Put Things Right, one that could be radical enough to varnish out those UI/X bumps that have clung on for years, but practical enough to be used every day, what would you design? How would you handle application management? What about file types and compatibility? Where would you cherry pick the best bits from other OSes and where would you throw away tradition? I've tackled this challenge for myself and present (an unfinished idea): KrocOS (warning: HTML5 site, will display without CSS in IE/older browsers). OSnews Asks: What would make your perfect OS?
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lucas_maximus
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2009-08-18

It isn't about closed sourced drivers it is about lack of stability in how drivers interface with the kernel.

The problem is that devices that worked that worked a earlier kernel version are broken with a later kernel version .... because the way the drivers interface has changed .... this frustrates developers (whether it is closed or open development) because they have a moving target to develop to and frustrates users because things "don't work" anymore. Remember smaller companies have don't have infinite resources and somebody has to work on writing and supporting a driver.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Nvidia has flat out stated that they don't want to open the core of their driver.

Some companies don't want to open source their drivers because they don't want unsupported drivers floating around. They don't like the idea of someone running Joe Schmo's modfied driver and then calling the company when something goes wrong.

But as I said before the reasons are irrelevant. Hardware companies prefer to provide binary drivers that last throughout the life of a system. Linux devs can choose to work with this preference or against it.

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