Major systems vendors and Linux
Posted Mar 1, 2007 23:45 UTC (Thu) by man_ls
In reply to: Major systems vendors and Linux
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I would agree with you, but binary drivers tend to make systems brittle, non-open and difficult to diagnose. Linux + binary drivers is certainly more crash-prone than Linux alone, and users will not discriminate if crashes come from the binary drivers (0.01%) or from the free 99.9%.
That's not to say that you are impure or unclean or any such nonsense if you use proprietary drivers; do as you like with your machine. It's only that they are not suited for beginners, and therefore a bad pick for preinstallation.
If you set up a system for beginners, what do you prefer? Tell them that they have no 3D at all, and they would need a different video card for that; or give them an unaccountable machine you cannot properly diagnose? It depends of course, but unless it was for a hardcore gamer I would choose no proprietary drivers. I think it is the proper course for the Dells of the world too; that road leads to using Intel integrated drivers, and if Nvidia and ATI want a piece of the action they will have to open their drivers. So we all benefit in the end.
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