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FTA: "Backtracking, they calculated that a single impact by a smaller asteroid could have blasted it all off the asteroid in February or March 2009."
Consequences will never be the same!
Yes, Mesa has a software implementation, but Mesa is a *lot* more than that. Most, if not all, open source drivers use Mesa/Gallium3D infrastructure, including nvidia/ati/intel open source drivers.
So yes, it is a problem even if you got the best graphics card on the market unless you use proprietary software. But staying open means staying with OpenGL 2.1 right now.
Great! What *open source* nVidia driver do you use? =)
Currently we still don't have OpenGL 3.0 support! It is a real shame to be so far behind proprietary drivers.
Okay, it's fine, I guess we can live with OpenGL 2.1, nobody needs OpenGL 4.1, right? ='(
I know, I know, patches welcome.
I am not saying you are getting a good deal or a poor one; just that you should be aware that "free" isn't the deal you are getting.
As far as 10's of thousands in debt, actually you do have that debt, in a socialized form. You will be paying it back as part of your taxes for the rest of your life.
In Finland 43.5% of GDP is collected in the form of taxes, in the US 28.5%. So you are paying 15% of your income for the rest of your life for these services.
The money has to come from somewhere.