Re: [SLE] eric raymond, and binary drivers
- From: Stephen Boddy <stephen.boddy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 10:33:30 +0100
On Tuesday 22 August 2006 04:46, rich wrote:
I think that binary drivers are a necessary evil in a short term.
Only if you won't compromise on hardware. For example Intel are now releasing
up to date open-source drivers for graphics hardware *as it is released*,
with 3D acceleration.
If the 945(?) chipset graphics can do Xgl without bogging down, then it's
likely to be plenty good enough for the majority of users needs (not all, I'm
not including games players). As Linux grows, particularly in large scale
commercial deployements where they'd typically use Intel graphics, then AMD
(nee ATI) and NVIDIA will hopefully start to see that they need to be open to
When a company deploys 1000's of desktops, the last thing they will accept is
the current song and dance that closed binaries entail whenever a kernel
update is released.
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