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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Novell has decided not to use proprietary Linux modules such as the NVidia accelerated driver. My first reaction was that Novell was being needlessly idiotic. Then I read this article on OSWeekly.com, by Matt Hartley. It calls out the leading Linux distributions for failing to band together to pressure hardware vendors to pre-install Linux. I've been saying basically the same thing for the past few years, so I heartily agree with this article. It was then that it occurred to me that Novell may have made the right decision, even if for the wrong reason.
Obviously, the Novell decision affects more than just NVidia, but NVidia practically owns the graphics card market, and for good reason. The video cards that use the NVidia chipsets are top notch. Virtually every computer I own has an NVidia card, and every computer I have owned in the past several years had an NVidia card. Why? They (with a few exceptions) work great, and they work even better on Linux when you use the NVidia proprietary driver.