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Thread: Why do proprietary drivers even exist?

  1. #21
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    Re: Why do proprietary drivers even exist?

    Because they're stupid.

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    Re: Why do proprietary drivers even exist?

    I think the issues over driver support are more complex than what seems to be the prevailing mood on this board.
    Major tech companies place a value on their proprietary technologies and naturally do not want to give out too
    much information and they also see valuing some proprietary platforms over others, such as MS Windows over GNU/Linux, to be an important
    aspect of their overall business value. I think companies such as Red Hat & canonical should invest in their own graphics, sound, BIOS,
    technologies and then Linux will truly be a third wave OS choice.
    Last edited by RichardET; October 4th, 2013 at 03:17 PM.

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    Re: Why do proprietary drivers even exist?

    You mean go into the hardware business?

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    Re: Why do proprietary drivers even exist?

    Good example of a closed driver limiting functionality
    https://lwn.net/Articles/569854/

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    Re: Why do proprietary drivers even exist?

    If that were some special cable needed to provide extra functionality that's not in a standard cable I wouldn't have a problem with it. But it looks like they just wanted to sell you their probably-overpriced cable.

    Apple's doing that with their new iPhones too. Proprietary connector wasn't enough, the cheap knockoffs were biting into their profit so they put a chip in the cable so they can charge $25 for a stupid USB cable.

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    Re: Why do proprietary drivers even exist?

    I remember WinModems quite vividly as I used to have to fix connection problems with them when I worked as tech support for a gigantic Internet company. A 56k modem in 1999 cost 40$ if I remember correctly whereas hardware modems were at least 90$. The difference was that one worked and the other didn't. Guess which one that was.

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