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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ridiculous
by mmu_man on Wed 25th Jun 2008 12:31 UTC
mmu_man
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2006-09-30

There is no reason whatsoever for nv to keep their driver closed.
This "IP" argument is void, as the competitors have armies of people ready to reverse engineer those drivers if they wish to (and they likely do). So the only ones hurt by this is the FOSS devs.
And mind you this doesn't include solely Linux.
How do you make your nv card when you have Solaris, *BSD (ok maybe those 2 they support), Darwin, Haiku, AROS, ReactOS, ... ?
That also goes for closed OSes like SkyOS, AmigaOS...
And even Linux itself! They claim they support Linux, when in fact they only support linux-i386 and maybe ia64.
How do ppc, mips, arm users do ???
Certainly I won't buy nvidia next time.

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