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Old 12-07-09, 12:20 AM   #7
damentz
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Default Re: Dear NVIDIA, please let your Linux drivers be open...

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Originally Posted by Techno_man View Post
Dear NVIDIA,

In this age a lot of companies are releasing their products with GPL license.
Now-a-days the benefits that Open source bring to everyone are known almost by any company. Today Microsoft announce that some products will be released with this license (some compilers).

I'm asking you:

"Is it the time for your drivers to be released with GPL license???"


Sorry for my ugly english...

Sincerely,
an italian Linux user.
They can't do that.

Look at the open source ati driver - they had create a driver from scratch because the code used in the proprietary driver cannot be relicensed or any unique optimizations would give an edge their competitors.

Personally, I wouldn't open source the nvidia binary either due to the previously stated. The best way is to start from scratch and have some developers hack at it in the open using the current standards. That is how AMD is doing it... but it sure is taking them ages to get simple 3D or 2D support to their new products (and old).
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