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From: Adrian Bunk <>
To: Eragon <>
Subject: Re: Reexport init_mm ?
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2008 19:07:29 +0200	[thread overview]
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On Mon, Mar 03, 2008 at 03:54:48PM +0000, Eragon wrote:
> I ma sorry, but new linux users (mostly ubuntu) want their system to work out of
> the box. Ruining, at least for the time being, the only decent nvidia drivers
> isn't going to help. nd I don't think gamers, such as myself, will be very happy
> if you proceed with this change. Enemy territory quake wars or other games won't
> work anymore because their 600 $ Geforce 8 cards won't work correctly.
> If I wouldn't be able to play game anymore, with ATI having bad performance on
> linux, I would switch back to windows and I'm not the only one. It's as simple
> as that.
> Great Idea!!

Independent of this specific issue and even ignoring the question 
whether binary-only Linux kernel drivers are legal at all there are a 
few points to note:

First of all, Linux is great for many people and in many cases. But 
buying a computer with a $600 graphics card for gaming under Linux 
doesn't make sense. Simply because having the latest desktop hardware 
perfectly supported and with perfect performance is not yet realistic 
under Linux (and there's more than just the graphics card in a computer).

And binary-only kernel drivers have the problems that noone except for 
the vendor can debug them. Some binary-only graphics drivers are 
well-known for having caused quite a few kernel kernel crashes under 
Linux - and this harms the reputation of Linux as a stable operating 



       "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.
                                       Pearl S. Buck - Dragon Seed

      reply	other threads:[~2008-03-03 17:09 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 8+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2008-02-27  8:29 drago01
2008-02-27  9:10 ` Dave Airlie
2008-02-28  7:23 ` Chris Snook
2008-02-29 13:26   ` Ioan Ionita
2008-02-29 18:01     ` Chris Snook
2008-03-01 11:46       ` Ioan Ionita
2008-03-03 15:54         ` Eragon
2008-03-03 17:07           ` Adrian Bunk [this message]

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