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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NVIDIA is malicious
by quink on Wed 25th Jun 2008 13:10 UTC
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Here's what NVIDIA has been saying: "NVIDIA supports Linux, as well as the Linux community and has long been praised for the quality of the NVIDIA Linux driver. NVIDIA's fully featured Linux graphics driver is provided as binary-only because it contains intellectual property NVIDIA wishes to protect, both in hardware and in software.", "NVIDIA doesn't expect Linux kernel developers to debug issues in NVIDIA's kernel module"

Last year, NVIDIA has had revenues of $4.1 billion. It has just introduced platforms such as Tegra, a computer-on-a-chip and Tesla, a dedicated CUDA-based solution for computational problems.

On the other hand the news that 29% of Vista crashes are due to NVIDIA drivers. A bug in the Linux driver caused an exploit to be possible for 2 years. I can't hibernate my computer when TwinView is active. In a nutshell, NVIDIA is too rich to care about IP issues. And NVIDIA is too rich to have had really shitty Vista drivers without them putting a lot of effort into making sure they and the Linux drivers are crap. With $4.1 billion dollars and half the gaming graphics market at their disposal, NVIDIA should be more like Intel or AMD, companies that want to make sure that everything in a PC works well. NVIDIA is a company that seems to hate the personal computer and the liberties it gives people and is trying to make it an unappealing platform as possible while still extorting the most money out of people.

What NVIDIA is quite clearly purposely doing their best to kill the open PC platform. It doesn't even matter whether it is Linux, Windows or Apple they hate. They just want a lock on the platform, iTunes+iPod style, and OpenCL and CUDA are a way of doing just that. Ensuring that the PC of tomorrow is utterly dependent on NVIDIA.

There's a saying: Never attribute to malice what can be explained by stupidity. I really don't believe that NVIDIA is stupid, otherwise they wouldn't have conquered the world with the nForce and GeForce. I do believe that they are malicious.

There's a much better reason for not buying NVIDIA products other than the crappy driver situation. The reason is to keep Intel and AMD alive and kicking NVIDIA's collective butt. I hope NVIDIA goes out of business ASAP for their morally extremely bankrupt vision.

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