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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Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Do they run on other architectures than x86? On OpenBSD? On Haiku? Personally I don't care whether the source is open or not as long as the API is documented and not encumbered.


Even if they were open sourced, they still wouldn't work on Haiku. The viral nature of the GPL and all, the GPL is incompatible with other open source licenses.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Why not? Nothing is stoping someone from distributing the OSS driver (if indeed it was GPL licenses) separately from Haiku.
Also note that OSS does not automatically equal GPL (but I guess that is what many people actually meant in this thread).

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Why not? Nothing is stopping someone from distributing the OSS driver (if indeed it was GPL licenses) separately from Haiku.


That much is true, but I have the idea that the main Haiku devs (who know the most about Haiku anyway) wouldn't touch the hypothetical code with a ten foot pole, so who would port the darn thing?

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BSDfan Member since:
2007-03-14

You realize that most drivers for Xorg are MIT licenced right? I think an MIT licenced driver would definitely fit into Haiku.

People are asking the wrong thing of Nvidia, their source is their own.. AMD isn't releasing their drivers source, what everyone should have been asking is for the release of DOCUMENTATION. (But no, Linux developers are lame code seeking monkeys..)

Good documentation is far better then an OSS driver, at least it would allow people to write their own driver for their own OS under their own licence.

That is all.

Edited 2008-06-25 12:40 UTC

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

You realize that most drivers for Xorg are MIT licenced right? I think an MIT licenced driver would definitely fit into Haiku.

People are asking the wrong thing of Nvidia, their source is their own.. AMD isn't releasing their drivers source, what everyone should have been asking is for the release of DOCUMENTATION. (But no, Linux developers are lame code seeking monkeys..)


Oh no, far from it.

For example ... AMD/ATI didn't release open source code ... instead they released hardware documentation.
http://developer.amd.com/documentation/Pages/default.aspx

There is an AMD/ATI driver fro Linux called fglrx, but that is closed source. There are now not one but at least two open-source drivers for AMD/ATI graphics cards ...
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=amd_evolution&nu...

Intel release source code of an open source for their cards, but recently Intel have released documentation as well.

http://intellinuxgraphics.org/documentation.html

Edited 2008-06-25 13:44 UTC

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

So release under LGPL or a more compatible license then. Releasing source does not have to mean GPL'd source. BSDs already dual license.

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