6 Aug 2006 halcy0n   » (Journeyer)

It has been quite some time since I blogged last. I haven't been up to too much coding-wise since I left Gentoo. Work has been keeping me quite busy. I've been interning there over the summer and will most likely stay on part time over the upcoming semester at school. I'll be graduating with my BS in CS in December (finally, it feels like forever), and I have no idea what I'll be doing after that.

Since I still do use and love Gentoo, I feel like I should comment on how I would be handling the xorg 7.1 problem that currently seems to be a big issue. How I see it, it is pretty plain and simple...xorg-7.1 breaks packages that depend upon it, which breaks one of the rules that everyone should be following when marking a package stable. Sure, they are binary drivers, and we have no control over them, but if they are staying in the tree, then everyone should be supporting them the best that they can. There is no excuse to knowingly break users' systems. The open source drivers are not a replacement for the closed source ones since they do not offer the same features. I find it quite sad how some people don't seem to care that users are going to be running into major problems if they depend upon closed source drivers. I'm sure lots of people will comment on the fact that closed source drivers do not belong in an open source operating system, but some of us are not as strict in our beliefs and will use what gets the job done.

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