Re: DVI output, ATI or nVidia

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Dr. Michael J. Chudobiak wrote:
> Mario Rossi wrote:
>> I'd like to buy a PC to be used with Linux.
>> Not sure which graphics card has the best support in Linux: ATI or nVdia.
>> I don't need it to play, so I think 3D is not essential.
>> Just to be able to plug in an external TV (via DVI or S-Video), and
>> watch HD video.
>> I've seen something with nVidia GE 7XXX or GE 8XXX.
>> Alternative is ATI 1650SE
>> Or should I go for one Intel integrated?
> Yes.
> Intel integrated + ADD2 DVI card + "intel" xorg driver
> = open source solution.
> The Intel driver is open source, not a binary blob.

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer but
I've got a question that has been bothering me for sometime.

Some folks complain that nVidia drivers should not be used since they are
"closed source" and that is somehow "bad".  Yet, the drivers are free and
when you encounter problems you can report them to the vendor.

Yet, there is another product from another company that is also "closed
source" is also free and albeit performs a different function nobody seems
to complain about it.  I'm talking about VMware Server.

Can someone if me a rational/logical reason for this?


I apologize to the OP as this doesn't answer the original question.

Q:  How many IBM CPU's does it take to execute a job?
A:  Four; three to hold it down, and one to rip its head off.

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