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There are a lot of drivers and apps closed source that I need
I have nothing closed source on my machine apart from the nvidia drivers. Once there are open source nvidia drivers appear, I'll be 100% open source.
I don't need to watch encrypted DVDs on my computer, although I do, but it's interesting to note that libdvdcss is also technically open-source. It's just got DMCA issues.
However, I believe the open-source movement is gaining momentum as there tends to be a significant shift in collaboration, not just with coding, but with any knowledge. Even though I do watch videos in .mov format occasionally, I am confident that many users can cut this and many other formats, including DVDs (although this would very well lead towards video piracy, unless laws change to allow owning unoriginal DVDrips of DVDs that are owned).
I think the first main area that needs improvement in the open-source arena is that of video drivers. Hopefully ATI will follow through and offer some open-source drivers that can be custom-tuned for maximum performance, as I believe this will also force Nvidia to follow suit.
I'll have to use the obvious Broadcom Drivers as I do on OpenSuSE 10.2 on this machine. I will have to get crossover office to run Project 2003, CCS Microchip compiler, Eudora until it does get done by Mozilla Foundation IE 6 for banking and work. They use Domino and Lotus Notes but the web portal depends on IE Active X. Likely for my C6180 HP scanner, fax, and Photoprinter. Of all things Piccasa from Google, naturally Skype.
So I can get rid of XP Pro which is groaning under a registry that is huge. This notebook HP came with Vista which was stabbed through the heart. I wish Dell made a DV2310US with AMD Turion x 2, 12 Cell battery, camera and mic. (In short a Black Mac with AMD and Nvidia.) If someone wants to make it with Laid up Kevlar top and bottom so much the better. Why is there no aftermarket Top and bottoms for Laptops and iPods like Fiberglass car fenders?)
I develop uClinux drivers and applications at work on this machine which runs currently has closed drivers but it's a pain to be without my email etc.
Vista-Windows Me II Edition
Until Microsofts stranglehold on the desktop software market and huge influence on what hardware drivers and Web media formats are used, I will have to say yes to needing to use proprietary and closed source drivers & codecs etc.
Maybe in the future a rule will be implemented which forces software vendors like microsoft to supply all drivers & codecs as open source and freely available to any OS platform to level the playing field for all OS's and eliminate favoritism of any particular OS.
It isn't my personal collection of music and/or video, I can even get by with the open source drivers for my video display, since I don't play games, but there is a lot of web content which is in a closed source format at present.
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