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SubjectRe: Why is Nvidia given GPL'd code to use in non-free drivers?
Ian Molton <> writes:

>On Sun, 5 Jan 2003 21:24:47 +0000 (UTC)
>"Henning P. Schmiedehausen" <> wrote:

>> Without Microsoft, there wouldn't be 2,4 GHz 32/64 bit microcomputers
>> with 512 megabytes of main memory, 120 gigabytes of hard disk space
>> and 1600x1200 pixels 32 bit resolution

>> Face it. Microsoft Software is, what made the breakthrough to really
>> put a powerful machine in every home and allow the 2-5% of the owner
>> base which are Linux users to get really cheap commodity hardware.


>BULLSHIT. it may have happened that way, but if M$ didnt do it it would
>STILL have happened.

You might want to reread the underlined sentence. I have no doubts
that there have been better, faster and easier to use machines long
before the PC platform and Microsoft software.

I actually owned an Acorn BBC a long time ago and it was a sweet
little box. Just like the machine after it (which I didn't buy because
I was already hooked on Amiga by then). But how many boxes did they
sell? Did they achieve the "computer as a commodity" goal?

And I didn't write at all that Microsoft gave you that computer. I said
"they made it possible". Most surely you got your computer from Dell, HP,
IBM or that computer store around the corner.

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