Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 14th Dec 2006 03:00 UTC, submitted by SEJeff
Linux "It's always an interesting day when you get to write a kernel patch, at the urging of Andrew Morton, that notifies the world that non-GPL Linux kernel modules will not work after January 2008 and write some poetry all in the same message." More here. Hopefully, many closed-source drivers will be opened during the next year if this patch goes through. Update: Linus responds.
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RE[3]: Its a brave new world
by Ultimatebadass on Thu 14th Dec 2006 08:44 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Its a brave new world"
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"are you saying nvidia/ati are magically having ALL people that knows anything about creating fast graphics drivers? are you really so deluted?"

In fact... they do. It's THEIR hardware, after all, so THEY have the people who know it's design and how to code a driver for it in order to get the most of it.
Todays graphic chips are extremely complicated pieces of hardware so it's a little bit different than making a driver for some network card or something like that i guess...

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RE[4]: Its a brave new world
by Redeeman on Thu 14th Dec 2006 10:39 in reply to "RE[3]: Its a brave new world"
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im sure the people who designed all sorts of other hardware are also the experts on it.. just too bad that those companies drivers arent the best?

i got news for you, nvidia/ati doesent have monopoly on having smart and skilled people

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RE[5]: Its a brave new world
by ThawkTH on Thu 14th Dec 2006 15:03 in reply to "RE[4]: Its a brave new world"
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No, they certainly don't.

The problem of course is just how complex these cards are nowadays.

Not to mention, I'm not sure what open source developers have as a reference point.

They're writing from scratch and reverse engineering. Guess what? This is HARD. I don't care how brilliant you are - grab a brand new Geforce and start writing a driver - it's going to take a LOOONNNGGGG time to even make something that functions well. Something that's stable, fast, and supports EVERYTHING in the card?

I have a lot of faith in smart people. Unfortunately, smart people also have lives, jobs, etc. Plus a lot of people have other hobbies or projects they contribute to.

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