Major systems vendors and Linux
Posted Mar 1, 2007 13:29 UTC (Thu) by lysse
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Parent article: Major systems vendors and Linux
Those who hold that the short-term pragmatism of having accelerated 3d graphics or working WiFi outweighs the long-term usefulness of free drivers are surely placing more value on those capabilities than 1/1000 of the overall system, wouldn't you agree?
That aside, maybe that's for your system today. What will you do when your next computer has 20% non-open parts? Or when the computer after that needs a binary-only SATA driver? Or when the one after that will only allow you to install a pre-approved operating system?
For by agreeing to compromise on the sufficiently useful bits, you're telling the industry that closed hardware is perfectly acceptable, so long as the returns justify it. It is your right to do so - but is that really the future you want to bring about?
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