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SubjectRe: GPL only modules [was Re: [GIT PATCH] more Driver core patches for 2.6.19]
On Thu, Dec 14, 2006 at 03:03:10AM -0500, James Morris wrote:
> On Wed, 13 Dec 2006, Martin J. Bligh wrote:
> > The point of banning binary drivers would be to leverage hardware
> > companies into either releasing open source drivers, or the specs for
> > someone else to write them.
> IMHO, it's up to the users to decide if they want to keep buying hardware
> which leads to inferior support, less reliability, decreased security and
> all of the other ills associated with binary drivers. Let them also
> choose distributions which enact the binary driver policies they agree
> with.

Unfortunately, we are living in an economic system with the strong
tendency to create oligopolys.

Situations with only 1-3 manufacturers you can choose from are quite
common (consider e.g. the 3D graphics market).

If you aren't a big company with big market power but a simple costumer
who needs such hardware you have zero choice if all manufactorers only
offer binary-only drivers at best.

And there's also the common misconception all costumers had enough
information when buying something. If you are a normal Linux user and
buy some hardware labelled "runs under Linux", it could turn out that's
with a Windows driver running under ndiswrapper...

> - James



"Is there not promise of rain?" Ling Tan asked suddenly out
of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
"Only a promise," Lao Er said.
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