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Feb 17, 2010, 21:33 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christopher Smart)

"Proprietary drivers. They are a thorn in the side of many a Linux distribution (and end user). The two remaining strongholds today are video cards, specifically those from AMD and NVIDIA.

"A Troubled Past

"Legal issues aside, the major problem with proprietary drivers is that they cannot be fixed or improved by the free software community. Linux vendors are at the complete mercy of manufacturers to release compatible, timely and stable drivers. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. By way of an example, for the longest time proprietary drivers have gotten in the way of a successful suspend and resume. Also, systems using AMD’s proprietary fglrx driver have been known to hard lock the computer when trying to switch terminals. It’s pain and frustration that does not usually accompany a Linux based operating system."

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