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Re: feedback to NVidia [was: Nvidia Drivers]



--- Rui Miguel Seabra <rms 1407 org> wrote:
> On Tue, 2004-05-25 at 18:14 -0400, Gerry Doris
> wrote:
> > Wow, don't you ever get off your soapbox?  Don't
> you think you've made
> > your point by now???
> > Move on to something else and give it a rest.
> 
> Will you move on to something else and give it a
> rest by not advising
> the proprietary drivers?
> 
> Rui
> 

When proprietary drivers are all that's available you
use them.  Whether or not you like it.

It's philosophies like yours that make it so hard for
any of the "proprietary" companies (hardware,
software, etc) to even WANT to create stuff for Linux.
 Because the "zealots" will rip them apart for even
trying.  They dont HAVE to release a video driver for
their card in ANY format.  They released it because
they wanted to sell more video cards, and they saw
that Linux was a market share that they wanted. 
Getting a proprietary "black box" driver is better
than getting no driver at all.

Believe it or not, companies do deserve to make money
off of their products.  So what if their driver
contains "black box" proprietary code.  They're not
charging you for the driver.  Linux is about "free as
in speech" not "free as in beer".  Do you think Oracle
releases an Open Source version of their high-end
databases?  Hell no.  It's all "black box".

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