On a different front...
Posted Apr 12, 2007 12:28 UTC (Thu) by a9db0
Parent article: Two examples of abandoned hardware
Users of nVidia's proprietary driver for their hardware (such as myself) aren't in quite the same fix as the Nokia users. Then nv driver exists and works fine for 2D stuff, and we have hopes for the Nouveau project. That said, I do run the proprietary drivers on my FX-5200 based machine - it's the only way to get MythTV to give me decent video - and I'm watching it slide slowly to the bottom of the supported cards list. It may not make the cut next go-round.
Nokia's user base isn't in nearly as good a position. The installed user base is far smaller so there is less impetus to develop open alternatives. And the missing pieces are much more critical - not like swapping out a video card. I do feel sorry for the N770 owners.
That's the risk we take running proprietary stuff.
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