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Old 09-17-03, 07:42 AM   #1
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Exclamation Another plea for open source nforce drivers

Hi,

I know I'm not the 1st, but I have to add that nVidia lost a sale, because I think that closed-source kernel drivers are A Bad Thing, since if the company decides to stop maintaining the code, users are SOL, and must buy new motherboards/RAM and go through the ardorous task of replacing the old board, if they want new linux kernels.

Note that I am happy with the nvidia xfree driver. It makes my Riva TNT2 more than fast enough for me. If nvidia decides to stop maintaining it, I can go buy a new video card and have it running in 15 minutes.
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Old 09-17-03, 09:06 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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Old 09-23-03, 04:18 AM   #3
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AFAIK open source drivers for nvidia nic are bieng worked on by kernel developers.
But we still need a proper audio apu driver, with urgency!
http://www.nforcershq.com/forum/view...bcb31f1575c943

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For audio why not use ALSA? Works like a charm for me. Of course it still doesn't have all the features but it's getting there.
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Old 10-02-03, 12:45 AM   #5
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Alsas drivers work well but still no hardware mixing. have since installed sbLive.
Hardware mixing is a must...
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