X.org, distributors, and proprietary modules
Posted Aug 15, 2006 15:23 UTC (Tue) by khim
In reply to: X.org, distributors, and proprietary modules
Parent article: X.org, distributors, and proprietary modules
I know, we're horrible realists who are undermining all the good work of the FSF, but I'm guessing there are a sizable minority of people in this group - does the "free software community" really want to cut us loose?
Yes: UNIX was (and is) proprietary software, and the GNU project's philosophy said that we should not use proprietary software. But, applying the same reasoning that leads to the conclusion that violence in self defense is justified, I concluded that it was legitimate to use a proprietary package when that was crucial for developing a free replacement that would help others stop using the proprietary package.
Sometimes it's Ok to use proproetary software. If you have to. If people lives depend from your work. Or if you are working on free drivers. But if games is the motivation behind NVidia choice - then you deserve breakage. After all you can start X.org 7.1 with old NVidia drivers if you'll use -ignoreABI option - and if sub-pixel rendering options makes a mess out of your desktop... you knew what you've bought...
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