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Re: ATI video comes out of the closet



On Fri, 2007-09-07 at 19:25 -0500, Les Mikesell wrote:
> Andy Green wrote:
> 
> >>> On Thu, Sep 06, 2007 at 10:44:57PM -0500, Les Mikesell wrote:
> >>>>> If they were willing to have hidden code they're legally unable to
> >>>>> modify.
> >>>> Or if they cared about their user experience...
> >>> Okay, look -- you've been around long enough that you know what Fedora is
> >>> about and why it is the way it is. Quit trolling.
> >> I'll quit when others quit insisting that source code availability to
> >> device drivers that are maintained by the device vendor is necessary.
> > 
> > "necessary" for what though.  It really is necessary for it to get
> > redistributed with Fedora, not just the source either but acceptably
> > Open licensing for it.
> 
> Yes, fedora is not the best choice for an OS in this situation.
> 
> > 
> > If you already had a driver in the Xorg tree and Fedora, there are no
> > technical reasons pushing you to change to the nVidia binary-only model:
> > it's more painful and less efficient for everybody, even nVidia.  So
> > people are quite right to complain -- at nVidia.
> 
> Why should they complain at nVidia for for something that is due to 
> Linux and fedora policies?
----
hmmm...

first Intel open sourced their video drivers - if the earlier thread is
to be believed, ATI will follow...seems as though there might be some
pressure on nVidia to open things up themselves. Perhaps there's a GPL
victory to be had on the horizon after all.

-- 
Craig White <craig tobyhouse com>


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