Under the headline "Ubuntu says no to non-free video drivers for Feisty" Joe Brockmeier at Linux.Com posted an article that appears to be wonderful news for supporters of open source drivers.
But reading the original announcememt by Ubuntu's CTO Matt Zimmerman things sound a lot less black and white. Which is disappointing in some ways. All the announcement seems to say that Ubuntu will not make composite mode the default in its next release (which would require the use of proprietary video drivers with the cards of several vendors). But it unfortunately still say this:
The exception granted to the Ubuntu Licence Policy at the project's
inception, which allows the use of closed-source components where
necessary to provide sufficient hardware support, remains valid and
pragmatic. For example, this exception has been applied in the past with
regard to wireless network drivers. We consider making full use of video
hardware to be an important component of that hardware support.
And goes on to say that the decision not to make composite mode the default is more based on the lack of maturity of that technology than on the requirement to use proprietary drivers for it.
Not the signal I would have been hoping for.