Binary-only kernel modules may be banned
Posted Dec 14, 2006 6:32 UTC (Thu) by einstein
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> Your doomsday prediction seems to be based on the assumption that we all play games, or have some other need for fast 3D graphics, but many of us don't. This change could be in effect for a year or more before I even noticed it. So my prediction is much less dramatic: I think a few people might go back to dual-booting Windows, but that's about it.
Actually, the death of linux on the desktop is not a doomsday prediction - it's sad, but life will go on, and another platform will take the place of linux. It would have been great if the linux developers could have either created drivers that people would want to use instead of the proprietary ones, or learned to work with 3rd parties like nvidia. But instead of working to address the problems, they instead are going to tell the 3rd party vendors to go take a hike, and leave the users high and dry. Not a good situation.
BTW you're mistaken in thinking that "nobody cares about good graphics anyway, except for a handful of gamers". Yeah, who wants to watch DVDs or use google earth anyway? I'll bet you also thought 640k or RAM ought to be enough for anybody, right?
> Linux isn't a great gaming platform anyway, so at this point there isn't a big gaming community to defect. People can't leave it they aren't even here.
Actually linux is a marvelous gaming platform - I've been playing hardware accelerated networked 3D FPS games on linux for years, and it absolutely rocks. The fact that you either don't play games, or choose to use a windoze peecee for all your gaming, doesn't really earn you any credibility points to talk about gaming on linux...
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