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[3]: Nice
by npang on Tue 26th Dec 2006 12:55 UTC
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> ... their stupid decision to release it under a GPL licence instead of dual licencing so that it could be ported to run on non-GPL operating systems like FreeBSD/OpenBSD/NetBSD/OpenSolaris.

Why is this a problem? Under the GPL, the user has the liberty to study how the software works. Since the drivers are GPL, the non-GPL operating system developers (BSD,Solaris) are free to study how the Intel drivers work and use that knowledge to develop their own clone of the drivers.

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