Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
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Those of you who are outside of the Linux circle of influences must have heard about Eric Raymond's rejection of Fedora in favor of a distribution that he believes will better serve his needs. While I can hardly attest to each of his reasons for washing his hands of this once favored distribution, I do agree with him 100 percent about the problems with RPM package-based distributions.
But if you ask me, the really interesting thing has been the public reaction to his comments in, well, the reader comments area of the article. The hardcore Linux users of course balk at the very idea of proprietary additions to the Linux OS, but to them, I think that Fedora among other less popular distributions make the grade for them just fine. More power to them.
Some Linux Users Fear the Proprietary Beast. Why the emotional reactions?
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Articles like this just kill me. Granted, this piece was written a while back, and even considering the date in which the piece was first put together, it remains the single biggest mess that I have ever laid eyes on. Linux and wireless is a mess, period. Understand, however, that I applaud the ongoing efforts of Ralink, Intel and Atheros. These groups have bent over backwards to make life easier for the casual Linux enthusiast. Unfortunately, less than savory options seem to be weaseling their way into places where the aforementioned companies were there to help us out.
But to be fair here, I’m not blaming those chipset manufacturers that choose to ignore the growing Linux market screaming for wireless support. Rather a combination of misguided Linux enthusiasts and hardware manufacturers, such as DLink, Linksys and others.