Re: Souncard drivers should be free.
Considering the high price of soundcards, I think that manufacturers should fund the development of support software for their products. And, frankly, $20 US is kind of steep for a driver. That's more than 10% of the price of a poorly implemented operating system. Now, I don't know about you, but I have a large number items that require drivers. I'm quite happy I don't have to shell out $20 for each one. You are correct in pointing out that we do not have a 'right' to OSS's software. It is thoroughly within their rights to charge what they want for their efforts. However, I am also not going to pay for the 'honor of using *nix, *doze, or OS*'. I use linux because it is inexpensive, powerful, reasonably stable, and flexible. If linux ever ceases being any of the above, I will switch to an OS that better answers my needs and desires.