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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by _txf_ on Wed 25th Jun 2008 11:42 UTC
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As many know nvidia provides an opensource nv driver. It does 2d only.

Unfortunately it is crap, the code is written in a way so to prevent anyone from outside of nvidia to possibly getting it working. It is hideous, and completely against the spirit if not the letter of GPL.

Marcheau, the project leader of nouveau once offered to de-obfuscate the nv driver and his services free of charge to nvidia were denied. Hence today we have nouveau.

The intellectual property argument really doesn't fly anymore seeing as ati are releasing specs to their gpus. Now there are things which ati has said it cannot release specs for like uvd which contains 3rd party proprietary tech, but it is better than nothing and is something nvidia could provide esp for legacy hardware which is no longer cutting edge and thus not likely to contain hardware design that might give competitors an advantage over them.

Lately Nvidia aren't doing themselves any favours in the linux community.

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