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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lemur2
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2007-02-17

"So why would any Linux user still choose Nvidia?"

And if distributions refuse to include Nvidia drivers, why would anyone with an Nvidia card choose Linux?


Hot new hardware now includes mini-notebooks, such as the EEEPC, the MSI Wind, the Acer Aspire One and the not-yet-released Dell E. They all run Linux.

None of them will be including Nvidia graphics chips I would imagine ... they all would use either an Intel chip or perhpas now an ATI chip. Since these both have open source drivers and specification documentation made available (so that the open source drivers are no longer based on reverse engineering, but instead are based on actual hardware documentation) ... it means that the kernel can be updated, or Xorg can be updated, and the video driver updated at the same time just by a re-compile.

Therefore, either Intel graphics or ATI graphics is far more desirable for a Linux system than nvidia graphics.

Even Via Chrome graphics might become more viable for Linux than nvidia :

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=NjUyMg

Since there is a new and growing breed of machines for which an open Linux driver for all of the hardware is a necessity, nvidia will be missing out on a market opportunity here.

I know that nvidia's attitude on this topic lost me as a customer ... put it that way.

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