> A Linux system without a bunch of proprietary software is almost unusable
> MP3 and MP4 playback come to mind
There are dozens of FOSS music and video players, capable of playing pretty much any common (and most uncommon) format. including mp3, mp4 and many others.
> Nvidia drivers.
The proprietary nvidia driver is currently much better than nouveau. for AMD cards, it's much harder to tell. radeon is better for some things, fglrx is better for others.
BTW, the nvidia driver and steam (plus some games - both native linux and with WINE) are the ONLY proprietary software I have installed on my machines, and i've been using linux as my "desktop" OS since the early 90s - switched from OS/2 to MCC Linux and never looked back.
In all that time, I've never had any need or use for any other proprietary software. Don't need it, don't want it, don't care at all about it.
and i couldn't care less about what other people choose or need to run on their computers - aside from the security risk they pose if they connect garbage software to the internet, it's none of my business.
> Especially CUDA
CUDA is almost completely irrelevant outside of a tiny niche of scientific computation, computer-science research, and other very parallelisable number-crunching jobs. I happen to do a lot of work in fields that use it, but I'm well aware that it's a very tiny niche.
> These sort of if idiot thoughts are why I moved to BSD from Linux.
yeah, because any/all of the *BSDs can run lots more proprietary software than Linux.
Your sort of idiot thoughts are why people think you're both a liar and a moron.