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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.
"The vast majority of successful major crimes against property are perpetrated by individuals abusing positions of trust." -- Lawrence Dalzell