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Proprietary Software for Linux: A Good Idea?

Apr 13, 2012, 18:02 (6 Talkback[s])
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"There are sizable groups of Linux users who have zero interest in seeing proprietary software gaining ground within the Linux space. Of course, this ignores the fact that most Linux users are already using proprietary software without even realizing it. There are also many users who feel strongly that proprietary software has no place in Linux.

"Speaking for myself, I am fairly agnostic on the issue. I simply utilize what works best for my needs. This choice usually results in me selecting natively supported applications, most of which happen to be open source in nature.

"Despite my open source software preference, I still do find myself using proprietary software such as Adobe Flash, the proprietary ATI driver for my dual-monitors, in addition to the likelihood of proprietary firmware for my wireless devices. I don't use this software because of its licensing, rather because it allows me to accomplish specific tasks throughout my day."

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