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On binary drivers and stable interfaces

On binary drivers and stable interfaces

Posted Nov 10, 2005 22:25 UTC (Thu) by hazelsct (guest, #3659)
In reply to: On binary drivers and stable interfaces by subhasroy
Parent article: On binary drivers and stable interfaces

There's a lot to pick on in your post, but I'll focus on "historical" hardware. Tons (thousands of tons?) of perfectly good electronics hardware goes to waste because of dropped software support. The Linux model prevents that from happening; from PPC Macs which will all be drop-kicked by Apple in a couple of years, to older PCI cards which vendors haven't supported in Windows since NT.

Where have you seen drivers for old hardware break, or slow down development, under Linux? Did you report the bug? I've never seen it, and I have some hardware as old as a 1990 Amiga 2000 and a 1997 Motorola StarMax (603e Power Mac clone) which still run Debian just fine -- long after the vendors dropped support. (Modern GNOME/KDE desktop performance is even quite good on the StarMax.) I really don't see the problem for users here, and in fact, freedom from planned obsolescence is a huge benefit *for* Linux users.

Put somewhat differently, there's far too much electronics scrap in the world as things stand. Do you really want to accelerate the disposal of lead-tainted hardware -- and prevent schools, developing nations, and poor entrepreneurs from using perfectly good computers -- just because the vendors of new equipment want it to be so?

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