Linux: Drivers Should NOT be Closed Source

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In one of my previous blog entries about a Dell Support issue some of the comments suggested that the reason we were in this mess was because of the inflexible nature of the Linux kernel, the start of which was this blog entry about how evil the GPL is when it comes to making closed source drivers and why this is stopping hardware manufacturers from contributing to the kernel.

I’ll try and address all of the issues that came up in the discussion, and then if those who’s comments I have removed for being OT from the previous article want to discuss further, they can on this entry.

Hardware Manufacturers Need Trade Secretes for their drivers - False, hardware is not sold because the software is good, it’s sold because the hardware is good.

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