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Old 11-24-09, 11:17 AM   #1
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Post Dear NVIDIA, please let your Linux drivers be open...

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.
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Old 11-24-09, 05:03 PM   #2
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Please, read this interview and forget about your wish.

It will not happen any time soon.
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Old 11-24-09, 10:58 PM   #3
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Well the nouveau project is taking off good and by next year, it would be default in Lucid so there is hope for open source nvidia there.
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Old 11-30-09, 08:12 PM   #4
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it's amazing that CPUs are entirely and completely and totally documented, and GPUs are nearly the exact opposite, and neither are dying.
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Old 12-06-09, 05:31 PM   #5
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Default Re: Dear NVIDIA, please let your Linux drivers be open...

The interface to the linux kernel is open source. I could see why the software that runs the graphics chips and the other parts of the hardware would not be disclosed. How does the interface to the window systems and the interface to the physx chips in the graphics drivers change the overall disclosure of the software that runs the hardware. Is there a reason that more parts of the graphics driver can not be open source.
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Old 12-06-09, 07:21 PM   #6
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Maybe there are some things worth keeping secret.
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Old 12-07-09, 12:20 AM   #7
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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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Old 12-07-09, 02:58 AM   #8
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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).
The Documentation published by ATI allows that. Most rants about nvidia and open source should focus on documents / specification. Not the binary itself.
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Old 12-07-09, 10:33 AM   #9
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Default Re: Dear NVIDIA, please let your Linux drivers be open...

In a recent interview, an NVIDIA linux developer commented on nouveau, saying they will neither hinder nor help with the development. I'm glad they aren't going to hinder, but I would like to see them help. My 2 cents...

I've been running nvidia hardware since the original geforce.

Edit: My laptops and my main PC's motherboard also use nvidia hardware.

-Andy
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