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[GNU-linux-libre] VMware Xorg drivers

From: Henry Jensen
Subject: [GNU-linux-libre] VMware Xorg drivers
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2010 16:00:54 +0200


as I build package after package for ConnochaetOS more and more 
software strikes me as suspicious.

This time it's the VMware drivers in Xorg. The name of the package is in

- Debian based distros: xserver-xorg-input-vmmouse and 
- Fedora-based distros: xorg-x11-drv-vmmouse and xorg-x11-drv-vmware
- Arch based distros: xf86-video-vmware and xf86-input-vmmouse

I found this packages in Trisquel, BLAG and Parabola GNU/Linux. 
I haven't checked other free distros.

I think this drivers are useful only when using a VMware Virtualisation 
Product. To the best of my knowledge none of those products is free software.

So the drivers are only useful when using proprietary software. It is my 
that software - even if itself is free - should'nt be part of a free distro 
when it can 
only be used in combination with proprietary software, because such software 
encourages the user to install and use the proprietary software.

Unless there is another use for the VMWare Xorg drivers (I don't know of any) 
they should be 
removed and put on the "Blacklist".

Kind regards,



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