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ronjohn 09-17-03 07:42 AM

Another plea for open source nforce drivers

I know I'm not the 1st, but I have to add that nVidia lost a sale, because I think that closed-source kernel drivers are A Bad Thing, since if the company decides to stop maintaining the code, users are SOL, and must buy new motherboards/RAM and go through the ardorous task of replacing the old board, if they want new linux kernels.

Note that I am happy with the nvidia xfree driver. It makes my Riva TNT2 more than fast enough for me. If nvidia decides to stop maintaining it, I can go buy a new video card and have it running in 15 minutes.

TheOneKEA 09-17-03 09:06 AM

Unfortunately, the only way such drivers will come to exist is when NVIDIA realizes that whatever closed-source functionality they want to deploy in the OS layer is really better off in a ROM somewhere in the core-logic of the chipset.

I'm certain that if NVIDIA moved their secret code into a place where it is almost inaccessible to the casual reverse-engineerist, they could create OSS drivers in a heartbeat.

I feel that the same thing could be done with the Atheros AR52xx tri-mode Wi-Fi chipsets as well. Because they chose to implement software-based radios, when creating a Linux driver they were forced to create a HAL that implemented the radio, to avoid FCC ligitation regarding the unlicensed use of a radio transmitter.

blueworm 09-23-03 04:18 AM

AFAIK open source drivers for nvidia nic are bieng worked on by kernel developers.:)
But we still need a proper audio apu driver, with urgency!:mad:

connyosis 10-01-03 06:26 PM

For audio why not use ALSA? Works like a charm for me. Of course it still doesn't have all the features but it's getting there.

blueworm 10-02-03 12:45 AM

Alsas drivers work well but still no hardware mixing. have since installed sbLive.
Hardware mixing is a must...

bahamot 10-02-03 01:31 AM


Originally posted by blueworm
Hardware mixing is a must...

blueworm 10-03-03 07:10 AM


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