Re: Linux is heaven to install compared to Windows 9X
> At least, if I to change mice,
> I won't have to reboot so that Linux can
> "find" my mouse.
Yes. You will have to change mouse protocol in XFree86 configuration file. And a lot of users have nightmares when they consider editing any config file. So they prefer the windows "reboot when anything change" style. With modern distros, installing is not difficult anymore (and sometimes simpler than windows installation). But when it comes to install/change hardware after installation...
Re: Closed but freely available source code?
(sorry, i' very bad in english)
At least one company do that already: nVidia. You can download SRPMS for nVidia's DRI kernel driver and compile it for your own kernel. It worked well on my computer.
> If a company made a linux driver for
> hardware, it wouldn't neccessarily have
> to be binary compatible for that kernel
> - source but maybe not binary.
> There could be written a program that
> detects hardware and, if there isn't a
> locally available driver, looks at an
> internet database of drivers. The
> drivers would be in some kind of
> encrytped(perhaps) source code so that a
> companie's precious secrets could be
> left intact. It would then download and
> install the driver without letting the
> users at the source code.