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Old 01-09-03, 11:02 AM   #6
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Originally posted by misleb
Well, technically, the manufacturer doesn't have to explicitly release any details. Just the source code for the drivers. Sure, you COULD infer the details of the hardware from the source, but how realistic is that? What I want to know is how real is the risk of releasing the the source? Are there any real cases of competitors using driver source code to copy or or clone the hardware itself? Or is it all just a bunch of corporate paranoia?

Well I don't know for sure, but I'd guess that a talented driver person could glean quite a lot of information about a GPU architecture from the driver source code. Especially if it's properly commented!

It's probably corporate paranoia too
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