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Re: The future of Linux - architecture and package inter-dependencies



On Tue, 2006-02-21 at 13:51 +0100, Ralf Corsepius wrote:
> On Mon, 2006-02-20 at 11:40 -0500, Alan Cox wrote:
> > On Mon, Feb 20, 2006 at 05:10:43PM +0100, Ralf Corsepius wrote:
> > > > OpenMotif is not free software by the FSF test. You can't for example use it
> > > > with proprietary Nvidia drivers loaded.
> > > 
> > > Only if you consider Nvidia's drivers to be integral part of the kernel.
> > > I consider them to be optional add-ons/plug-ins.
> > 
> > I asked the open group long ago and the email reply I got was to the contrary
> Well, as the same would apply to ATI drivers, this would render
> OpenMotif de-facto free of any practical applicability.
> 
> Also,
> * this doesn't match to their FAQ, where they claim to be wanting to aim
> at OSI compatibility.
> * closed source kernel drivers are in existence for quite some time,
> some are even being shipped by some Linux vendors, 

actually basically all sort-of-big linux vendors stopped shipping them
for "a variety of reasons".


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