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Re: Maintainer for nvidia-crap in lvn wanted (Re: Pull off AIGLX repoistory?)



Hi,
The Nvidia drivers (or ATI ones) are not 'illegal'. The slides you point
to doesn't even claim they are. What is a breach of the GPL is
distributing them bundled with the kernel. But for people to download
these drivers and install them onto their systems is 100% in accordance
with the GPL and can not be labeled 'illegal' in any way or sense. The
GPL is a copyright license, focusing on distribution and what you are
allowed to distribute/redistribute. What you or anyone do on their own
machine(s) the GPL (and I think this is on purpose) have no rules
about. 
        
Christian


On Thu, 2006-07-27 at 13:06 +0200, Thorsten Leemhuis wrote:
> Leszek Matok schrieb:
> > Dnia 27-07-2006, czw o godzinie 08:14 +1000, Rodd Clarkson napisaƂ(a):
> >> I'm a FC5 user with the Nvidia drivers installed (thanks to livna) so
> >> this affects me.
> > I use livna's nvidia-glx as well and let me too say go for it. [...]
> 
> BTW, the current maintainer of the nvidia-glx drivers wants to step 
> down. Anyone interested in taking it over? Please send me a mail 
> privately. I'd prefer if a group of at least two people could maintain 
> the drivers because it's a lot of frustrating work. I'm willing to lend 
> a helping hand in the beginning.
> 
> Arjan (or dwmw2 (or anyone interested in this topic)), if you read this: 
> Feel free to send a detailed and public warning in reply to this mail 
> why these drivers are bad, illegal and why one should not touch them. 
> For those interested in some details look at
> http://www.kroah.com/log/linux/ols_2006_keynote.html
> http://www.linuxsymposium.org/2006/linuxsymposium_procv1.pdf (pages 19 
> up to 26)
> 
> I should have never touched this crap.
> 
> CU
> thl
> 
> BTW, mharris please update to Xorg 7.1 as soon as you can ;-)
> 


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