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Free Linux, Proprietary Linux

Sep 21, 2009, 15:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

[ Thanks to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for this link. ]

"Recently, the Free Software Foundation announced its latest additions to its listing of open-source purist distributions. This lead me to thinking about both these distributions and the best of the distributions that go the other way and contain a great deal of proprietary programs.

"There was a time when if you wanted to be sure a Linux distribution to work on any PC you almost had to include some proprietary firmware for graphic and Wi-Fi drivers. Those days are long gone. Hardware component manufacturers tend now to either include open Linux drivers or have opened up their specifications enough that Linux developers have created drivers for their equipment."

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