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SubjectRe: Linux in a binary world... a doomsday scenario
On Tue, 6 Dec 2005, Denis Vlasenko wrote:
> On Tuesday 06 December 2005 03:18, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
> > On Mon, Dec 05, 2005 at 04:18:51AM -0800, William Lee Irwin III wrote:
> > > The December 6 event is extraordinarily unlikely. What's vastly more
> > > likely is consistent "erosion" over time. First the 3D video drivers,
> > > then the wireless network drivers, then the fakeraid drivers, and so on.
> >
> > I agree about the erosion.
> >
> > I am convinced that the only way to stop the erosion is to totally stop
> > buying hardware that has only binary only drivers (unless you buy it to
> > create an open source driver or to reverse engineer the binary only
> > driver of course! ;).
> I'm afraid there is not enough Linux users in desktop/laptop market
> for vendors to notice.
> How about refusing binary-only modules instead? I mean, maybe

You mean, call panic() if module license not acceptable? Nice!



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