GPL flag for drivers

Kean Johnston kean at
Tue May 15 10:39:07 PDT 2007

> I would definitly not a driver call a plugin. A program with plugins
> runs without them, too. X without driver is useless.
That is only true if there are NO drivers. You have choices. I don't
believe for a minute that there is only *ONE* video card on the market
that serves your purposes. As a systems integrator you should be
focused on finding a solution, not pushing one you have found or
are comfortable with. Just my $0.02.

I agree with previous posters that while it may be unfortunate that
some HW vendors dont publish the source to their drivers, that those
closed source drivers are prefereble to none at all. Its a dangerous
game to play when you try to push hardware people around. The Linux
community accounts for such a tiny percentage of video card sales
that if people rock the boat too much, it may very well be in the
vendor's best interest to simply drop all support for it simply to
avoid the headaches.

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