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Re: Xorg 1.5 missed the train?

On Thu, May 22, 2008 at 2:01 AM, Kevin Kofler <kevin kofler chello at> wrote:
Les Mikesell <lesmikesell <at> gmail.com> writes:
> It's not typical to update products to match a new standard before the
> standard in question is finalized, wireless-N notwithstanding.

Yet this is normally how things work in the Free Software world, especially for
drivers, one is supposed to track upstream development and keep one's driver
updated for it as things change, not wait for a release. The fact that NVidia
can't adapt to this is only their fault, or the fault of the non-Free license
and the closed development model they have chosen. If their driver was released
under an acceptable license for the upstream project their driver is for and
developed in the upstream repository (as drivers are supposed to), we wouldn't
have this problem.


I am pretty sure RedHat new exactly what it was doing when choosing Xorg 1.5.
The users would be used as a "mass of manoeuvre" to press Nvidia to catch up.

It is a valid strategy in my opinion. Certainly, the customers of RHEL would never have
to be exposed this way, but they pay for a special treatment.

Those who can use the nv driver, good. Others like me, who write code to be run on Nvidia graphics boards and/or use CUDA, have no option but wait. Furthermore, I like F8 very much...

Paulo Roma Cavalcanti
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