Linux kernel maintainers removed hooks from a semi-binary driver (half open, half closed) for Philips webcams. This has angered the developer of the driver who have worked on the driver for 5 years, resulting on removing the driver completely from the kernel and his site. The developer has an NDA with Philips and he can’t fully open source the driver, even if he wanted to. The losers from the whole story, are the users.My Take: Here’s an example of some linux kernel maintainers that put who-cares politicalities over practicality & user’s interests. Being Free is a good thing, but if I can’t be 100% Free, I’d take that 50% any day. Common users (the kind of mammal species that the Linux platform is trying to captivate away from Windows/Mac) want cheap and easy solutions, and some Linux maintainers fall short in materializing this need because of this or the other (irrelevant to most users) reason.