Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on November 19, 2006 04:25 PM
You are correct. The folks who claim otherwise typically are g4m0rz and/or Windows XP users. They're also typically quite young and don't know how to live without being plugged into their iPods 24/7. Such people don't care about long-term goals, but rather only what they think affects them *immediately*. Forget a year or two down the road.
I'm a little older, I suspect, than most folks here. Like you, I see the bigger picture, the same picture that recently got Sun to at last free Java. Sun directly cited inclusion in GNU/Linux distros as a Really Big Factor in their decision to GPL their Java implementation. It even worked on Intel; their video drivers are now Free Software.
I don't give a rat's ass about nVidia. I'm looking at ATI now, hoping that AMD's purchase of it will result in chipset specs. AMD has traditionally been friendly to Free Software. Now that Intel is on top--in a BIG way, too--in the CPU wars again, AMD now *really* needs an important differentiator to compete, just like the old days. Let's hope and watch.