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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Linux gamers.
by Kishe on Wed 25th Jun 2008 15:57 UTC
Kishe
Member since:
2006-02-16

Nvidia is still the only option for those running cedega or Wine.


I personally dont care if the software I use is OSS or not...What I care about is if it works and if it suits my needs.

Nvidia still holds the most market share so i'm sure Major linux distros wont be too eager to alienate that many potential customers just for silly agenda pushed by handful of over idealistic kernel devs.

Take away the drivers and Nvidia users will just go back to windows and linux will meet many percentages drop in users.

Edited 2008-06-25 15:58 UTC

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RE: Linux gamers.
by _txf_ on Wed 25th Jun 2008 16:12 in reply to "Linux gamers."
_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

Right...except for the fact that they can't ship with the binary nvidia drivers and therefore provide a working linux desktop out of the box...yeah, I'm sure distros love it!

No one is suggesting (at least not me) that nvidia drop their binary driver. Just stop making crappy excuses like IP, and possibly support with documentation or help out the nouveau devs who have the thankless task of reverse engineering nvidia cards.

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RE[2]: Linux gamers.
by binarycrusader on Wed 25th Jun 2008 16:39 in reply to "RE: Linux gamers."
binarycrusader Member since:
2005-07-06

Right...except for the fact that they can't ship with the binary nvidia drivers and therefore provide a working linux desktop out of the box...yeah, I'm sure distros love it!


Actually they can. It is their choice to not do so. There are distributions out there that distribute them with nVidia drivers.

No one is suggesting (at least not me) that nvidia drop their binary driver. Just stop making crappy excuses like IP, and possibly support with documentation or help out the nouveau devs who have the thankless task of reverse engineering nvidia cards.


Since when did responsibility to shareholders and being fiscally responsible equate to crappy excuses? nVidia's IP is worth millions to them.

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