well, asume company A builds nics and lizences IP about this nics to other companys.
One of these companys could be nvidia. And because they lizenced it, they can not open it. Company A instead can do what they want, like open the specs for their cards and forbid it their licencees, or make it very expensive.
There are a lot of reasons to buy foreign ip, even for a nic, and a lot of madness out there.
Or they incorporated some foreign ip (without knowing it) and did not ask any owners?
It is not easy today to make anything without touching some ip/patents of somebody else so...
maybe nvidias laywers are the blocking part? Why risk some unpleasant and very expensive trouble, even if you are innocent , if all you need to protect yourself is not to open your driver sources&specs?
I do not believe that nvidia misbehaves in any point, this are pure examples, why a company could not whish to open their drivers. And there are a lot of more reasons outside.
If you are so great, why not try and get that job?
Then you will know, why nvidia can not open the sources.
Last edited by energyman76b; 02-02-04 at 08:20 PM.