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Re:Ubuntu advocates closed source

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on November 12, 2006 06:50 PM
Another way of looking at this issue is that it is actually the nVidia graphics controller that is crippled, because it doesn't offer a decent open source driver for Linux (or at least open the specs so that others may develop a decent driver).

If you decide to buy Linux-hostile hardware, don't complain that it isn't well supported on Linux. It is understandable that new users should make such a mistake but there is some evidence that also the experienced users continue to buy computers with nVidia graphics card because it's so easy to install the binary driver. And distro developers have to deal with bug reports that are caused by those binary drivers -- and there is no way that the developers can fix those problems when there is no source code available. See what an Ubuntu kernel team member says about the stability of nVidia/ATI drivers:
<a href="http://kernelslacker.livejournal.com/62413.html?thread=221133#t221133" title="livejournal.com">http://kernelslacker.livejournal.com/62413.html?t<nobr>h<wbr></nobr> read=221133#t221133</a livejournal.com>

Furthermore, we might consider how we could improve this undesirable situation (nVidia being hostile to Linux). Will the situation improve if all the major Linux distributions start using the binary driver? Or should the users of nVidia graphics card complain to nVidia about their poor Linux support, possibly saying that they consider switching to another graphics card? Which would be more effective?

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