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Old 07-01-2009, 05:10 AM   #1
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LXer: Mixing Proprietary Software and Linux

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It's easier than ever for Linux users to avoid closed, proprietary applications and drivers. But life is complex, and there are still times when a Linux user's choices are not as simple as FOSS/non-FOSS; for example, multimedia is a minefield of patented codecs, binary blobs, and DRM. So what's a freedom-loving Penguinista to do?

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What to do: Don't worry about software patents, they rarely hold up in court. They also only exist in the US.

I personally try to avoid proprietary software as much as possible, not only for theoretical reasons, but because usually it's of much lesser quality and much buggier and prone to crashing. And because I use 64-bit.

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