Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Sep 2012 21:44 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Intel Clover Trail will get Linux and Android support after all. "Intel has plans for another version of this platform directed at Linux/Android; however we are not commenting on the platform specifics or market segments at this time. Stay tuned," Intel told ZDBet.
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RE[3]: Comment by Gusar
by fithisux on Thu 20th Sep 2012 19:00 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Gusar"
fithisux
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2006-01-22

There is nothing inherently technically wrong with BLOB based drivers. I have no problems using NVidia drivers, they work great, and they're well maintained with current kernel versions.



The problem is that BLOB drivers increase the maintainance cost and in order to minimize it, they leave platforms out. Moreover BLOB drivers pose restrictions. But I have no problem providing full documentation on their product and BLOB drivers for the MacOSX and Windows. then the problem would be moral only. but now, their approach is detrimental to the user. The same holds if they shipped only Linux BLOB drivers. They restrict the user to use the HW in their way and so they void the typical purchase. You do not own the HW but you rent it to be used under their conditions. And if it is not clear in 2012 after so much scientific advancement and availability of knowledge then we are doomed or more politely fscked and we are in grave danger to return to the caves or to the cotton plantations.

Edited 2012-09-20 19:02 UTC

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RE[4]: Comment by Gusar
by ilovebeer on Sat 22nd Sep 2012 05:14 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Gusar"
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2011-08-08

The problem is that BLOB drivers increase the maintainance cost and in order to minimize it, they leave platforms out. Moreover BLOB drivers pose restrictions. But I have no problem providing full documentation on their product and BLOB drivers for the MacOSX and Windows. then the problem would be moral only.

BLOBs aren't going anywhere, as they shouldn't (for any company not exactly wanting to hand their car keys over to their competitors).

but now, their approach is detrimental to the user. The same holds if they shipped only Linux BLOB drivers. They restrict the user to use the HW in their way and so they void the typical purchase. You do not own the HW but you rent it to be used under their conditions. And if it is not clear in 2012 after so much scientific advancement and availability of knowledge then we are doomed or more politely fscked and we are in grave danger to return to the caves or to the cotton plantations.

Ok, so first, wrong. You do not "rent" your HW, you own it. HW having limitations or restrictions doesn't change that fact. If you don't like how HW is designed and/or supported, buy different HW.

Second, we aren't in grave danger of anything. Closed systems are not devolving society. To say otherwise is just acting like a drama queen.

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