feedback to NVidia [was: Nvidia Drivers]

Rui Miguel Seabra rms at
Tue May 25 23:51:07 UTC 2004

On Tue, 2004-05-25 at 16:37 -0700, Frank Tanner III wrote:
> You have your beliefs and I have mine.  And mine is
> that people deserve to try to make a living off of
> their code, hardware, service they provide.

Do not invert roles here, mister.

*You* said they have a right to make money, and *I* said they have a
right to try to make money.

> The *REASON* their driver is proprietary and has
> "black box" components is SIMPLE.  There are
> proprietary pieces of code in the video card itself. 
> These drivers need to access these pieces of code. 
> The drivers would have enough information in them to
> deduce exactly what the code in the card is doing. 
> So, in effect, they would be, in effect, "giving away"
> their proprietaty card stored on the video card
> itself.

This is bullshit. The reason, stated so by NVIDIA a few times, seems to
be related to software patents.

> choice.  Me?  I will use their cards, and their
> drivers, because I like their products.

Do you like MACROVISION? I hope you do, because you get it, wether you
like it or not.

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