Should Ubuntu include proprietary software?
Jan 19, 2010, 12:04 (7 Talkback[s])
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"Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, arguably the
most popular of all Linux distributions, is asking its users what
new, proprietary programs they'd like to see as optional software
"Note, I said "new." Ubuntu has actually included proprietary
software in the form of hardware drivers since April 2007. Then,
Ubuntu developers decided to place binary ATI and NVIDA graphic
card drivers in the distribution because, "A large proportion of
people using Ubuntu - including 70%-80% of people with new
computers - need a non-Free driver for reasonable performance from
their graphics card, wireless card, or modem, because there is no
Free driver available, they had little choice in the matter.""