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Re: NVIDIA FreeBSD Kernel Feature Requests, interesting info for dfly?

From: Dimitri Kovalov <dimitri_kovalov@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2006 10:06:16 -0700 (PDT)

--- Matthew Dillon <dillon@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>    Er.  I don't think it has anything to do with video. 
> It is quite simply
>    the fact that windows has tens of thousands of
> user-friendly GUI 
>    applications and name brand software from thousands of
> vendors.  Even
>    Apple can't really compete with them, and Apple
> arguably has some of
>    the best video interfaces in existance.
>    I don't really think it is possible for us to compete
> in that area, at
>    least not by ourselves.  We have to rely on the larger
> open source
>    community, in particular the more linux-centric
> community, to write and
>    maintain the applications that drive a consumer
> market.
>    If Open Source has an achilles heal then user-friendly
> application
>    software is where it is.  There are only a handful of
> OSS applications
>    that are comparable with regards to user friendliness
> and easy-to-use
>    features, and plenty of really *BAD* examples of UI
> software gone
>    wrong (gimp's horrendously bad UI comes to mind).
>    The UI is certainly not DragonFly's focus, and it will
> never be.  We
>    have to rely on the rest of the Open Source community
> to provide that
>    piece of the puzzle.

Creating a wrapper that vendors could use to recompile
their windows drivers to work with your OS would solve the
resource problem. Maybe its not doable, but conceptually it
entices vendors to expand their market with minimal effort.
Who would have recommended NDIS for FreeBSD? Modules make
many things possible. Complaining that vendors don't make
source available is like complaining about the government.
You have to work within the environment that exists. So
make it easier for them to support your OS, and maybe they


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