Gnash - GNU Flash Player / John Gilmore

Alfred M. Szmidt ams at
Tue Jan 3 14:41:22 UTC 2006

   One of the biggest missing pieces in the free software desktop will
   increasingly become good OpenGL drivers.

Alas, it is easier to write user-space programs than it is to write
drivers.  A user-space program will simply work on all systems that
support whatever libraries it uses (say the C library), where as with
drivers, the API for each and every driver interface is vastly

   I wish there were some clear solution to this issue....

There is, simply not supporting companies that refuse to give
specifications to their hardware, and nagging them to release these
specs.  The OpenBSD community has been very sucessfull in this regard,
and it is a bit of a shame that the GNU project, the FSF and FSFE have
been a bit lacking.

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