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Re: ATI video comes out of the closet

Microsoft sells software. Evey user of OpenOffice is one less user of MS Office. Nvidia sells hardware, and gives the software drivers away for free as far as I know.  Linux users of open source drivers cost Nvidia nothing, and may represent a hardware sale they would not otherwise have gotten. Thus, there is significant motivation for Microsoft to sabotage  OpenOffice, and none that I can see for Nvidia to do the same to open source drivers.

Bruce Byfield wrote:
On Thu, 2007-06-09 at 16:55 -0600, Frank Cox wrote:

While good, it's still not as good as having proper open-source drivers
supported by the manufacturer as well as the community.

The Noveau driver project faces the same unfortunate situation with Nvidia as
the OpenOffice folks do when reverse-engineering the MS doc format:  there is
nothing stopping Nvidia from making a few "improvements" that will break the
Noveau drivers more-or-less at will.

Counterpoint: The community is more strongly motivated to keep the
drivers current than the manufacturer. And, given the FOSS community's
strong record with reverse-engineering, I doubt that Nvidia will keep
ahead of Nouveau for any length of time once the basic drivers are done.

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