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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Just to make things clear, as obviously someone has taken offense from the truth (live with it, yet nVidia don't release their source code) : nVidia invest a load of money into research & development, which turns into propritary hardware, which is driven with the suitable software. Don't fell offended, it the way it works, period. *IF* nVidia drives 95% of their revenu from the Windows market, it's pretty normal their concentrate 95% of their efforts on that market. But since all OSS noobs wants everything for free, holding up the GPL as a possible treat, I bet that you (me) guys gets only what we paid for. Remind me, what have you paid for your driver ? 5% of the market share ? So that's pretty normal it works at 5% of its full capabilities...

NOoooooOW if you're interrested into a customizable open-hardware, a customizable open-software, just F*****G do it, *ALL* of it ! I already told complaining people to focus on the project that, well, exists for quite a long time now (on the computer scale) and haven't benefited much from the "ImpreSSSSSive Linux geeks horse-power", otherwise its openess would have allowed something matching the latests nVidia and/or AMD/ATI specs ! Think about it, the night when you fell asleep...

I'll conclude that *IF* the world would be so much of a wonderful place if everything was free, I ask you : where are the free computers ? where are the free cars ? where are the free homes ? why wouldn't everyone just work for free then ? After all, free plans are available from various places (scans from P2P, ...) and everybody ain't that stupid. So why aren't there more 'free hardware' running out there ? Think about it, twice, the night when you fell asleep...

So I recommand you, when you switch from a supported plateform (Windows, Mac OSX, ...) to so various unknown systems, just check that it is supported by your hardware vendor. Don't complain afterward, it's useless... You won't take nVidia into hostage, they drives their revenu from keeping their industrial secret out of sight, just understand this. And if it wasn't the case, being unable to make enough profit, should I remind you... 3Dfx ? Kyro ?


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