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Re: nvidia and FC2

At 10:43 5/20/2004, Rui Miguel Seabra wrote:
They don't have to produce the drivers. Interested and capable
developers only require information on how to talk to the hardware.

OK, so you want them to release this information.

They're not doing you any favour, but that's still besides the point.
They would spend far less resources by liberating info on how to talk to
the hardware.

OK, so you believe it would be cheaper for them to "liberate" the poor information.

NVIDIA has already stated why they can't make
the drivers free software: they have third party licensed software that
they didn't do themselves.

OK, so you understand that they have signed non-disclosure contracts and are legally forbidden to disclose this information. Because they licensed code someone else wrote, they have a binding legal obligation to keep that code private. And yet you lambast them for not releasing that code, and you tar and feather them for not opening up the code.

From what I can see here, you think that they should save some dough and make you happy by freely handing out information which they don't own and are by contract obligated to keep private.

I fail to see this as anything other than advice to be completely unethical, breach their contracts and licenses, and dishonor their commitments. Since I'm sure you'll claim virgin purity, perhaps you'll enlighten me to which part of your exact words quoted above I may have misread?

-- Rodolfo J. Paiz rpaiz simpaticus com http://www.simpaticus.com

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