Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Dec 2006 19:58 UTC, submitted by Michael Larabel
3D News, GL, DirectX "Nouveau is a community project that is working on producing open-source 3D display drivers for NVIDIA graphics cards. Nouveau is not affiliated with Nvidia Corp and is an X.Org project. While this project is still far from being completed, for this holiday special we are sharing some of our first thoughts on this project from our experience thus far. We would like to make it very clear, however, that the Nouveau driver is no where near completed and still has a great deal of work ahead for the 3D component. This article today will also hopefully shed some light on the advancements of this project so far."
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RE[4]: License violation?
by hal2k1 on Tue 26th Dec 2006 02:43 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: License violation?"
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2005-11-11

Exactly.

There are methods to monitor the behaviour of a piece of running code, and then try to replicate that behaviour with your own alternative code (ie clean room reverse-engineering), without ever disassembling the original code or copying it in any way (other than reproducing its behaviour in other equivalent code).

Rough example: I might learn calculus from someone's textbook, but that does not mean that if later in life I write a calculus textbook of my own from what I have learned overall that I necessarily violate the IP of the author of the book from which I first learned.

To violate a copyright, I have to actually copy the original book's text in substantial part.

Edited 2006-12-26 02:44

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