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Old 09-17-03, 10:06 AM   #2
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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.
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