Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 18th Apr 2006 17:49 UTC
Linux Efforts to bring glitzy new graphics to Linux are fueling an old conflict: Does proprietary software belong in open-source Linux? The issue involves software modules called drivers, which plug into the kernel at the heart of the open-source operating system. Drivers let software communicate with hardware such as network adapters, hard drives and video cards.
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archiesteel
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2005-07-02

Nvidia and ATI should protect their IPs.

Why? What are they gaining from it? Not a competitive edge, at least not if they both open-source them...

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cerbie Member since:
2006-01-02

Their competitive edge(s) has little to do with open or closed interfaces. In fact, they would probably gain substantially just based on PR of having open specs/drivers.

Chances are very good ATi and nVidia each infringe on each others' patents and trade secrets, and those of Intel, SiS, and VIA; and they each know it. They will not risk openning their stuff up and getting sued. If that were not a risk, I imagine we'd have open drivers.

However, it would be nice if they created an interface to the hardware that hid that stuff, yet still allowed them to publish enough info for a good open driver to be created.

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