Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Jun 2008 09:49 UTC
3D News, GL, DirectX Yesterday, we reported on the statement several kernel developers had signed that urged hardware manufacturers to open up their Linux modules and drivers. "We, the undersigned Linux kernel developers, consider any closed-source Linux kernel module or driver to be harmful and undesirable," the statement read. Nvidia, which delivers probably the most prominent closed-source Linux driver, has reiterated its position concerning this matter.
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don't open source nvidia...
by xushi on Wed 25th Jun 2008 10:15 UTC
xushi
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2005-08-29

I REALLY really hope they do not open source nvidia... It, to me, shows one of the best example on how open source IS harmful, and does cause damage..

Here we are, years after years of observing ATI's open source drivers just being 10 steps back, and, to put it in one word, SHITE.. I've never had it working properly in any kernel on any distribution of Linux.. After months of trying hard (which is not i want to do), and it eventually works half well, a new kernel is released which breaks everything and you wait again and again forever.. This is personal experience many many years ago. You can check linuxquestions.org for the endless threads i created or participated in.

Nowadays, I end up with an ATI card again, and it's back to square 1 with the problems..

On the other hand, when I switched to nvidia's closed source drivers, believe it or not, they WORK! and they work right out of the box, with no hacking, spending months reading and editing, or any of that sort.. It has been like that for years on end with all the cards I got...

And guess what? I bought a new-ish nvidia card last week to replace the ATI graphics I have, and, yep, it WORKS out of the box, with just a few clicks, and my machine doesn't feel like a 486 anymore...

This to me sells it.. do not open source the drivers, otherwise you'll just ruin the drivers forever... Heck, I don't want to see what happened with Sun's Java, and Solaris, to happen with nvidia. The other two are so lost now with everyone (At least for solaris) making tons of different copies and working on their own instead of improving ONE...

anyway, i've said what i wanted to say. Some things should not be open sourced.. it's not the best solution, or even the solution for many situations.

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