> When it comes to Linux, binary only drivers are dreck. Every time you have a problem with your kernel, the first question by support is: is it tainted? If yes, you are out of luck, because nobody's going to touch your problem with a ten foot pole.
On the other hand, sometimes my favorite distribution decides it's time to get rid of this binary driver that was working very well, and time for me to become a beta-tester of this half-baked open source replacement that keeps crashing.
As soon as my PC crashes, an squad of experienced and talented kernel developers with nothing better to do with their life immediately notices that my kernel is not tainted. After a few minutes they knock on my door. They immediately identify the faulty driver, track down the bug to this hardware configuration of mine they had never seen before, write and test the appropriate patch, re-compile the kernel for me and install it on my machine. While leaving, they thank me so much for being such a helpful beta-tester and good open-source citizen.
Please give me a break. I like the open-source ideology. I really do - as long as it does not "taint" facts.