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Re: Kernel 2054 breaks nvidia.ko loading

On Thu, 16 Mar 2006, Gilboa Davara wrote:

On Thu, 2006-03-16 at 16:50 +0100, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
 It might cut down on the number of "Fedora
ate my baby" posts.

so far most initial FC releases broke nvidia, so I don't expect that
backlash :)

(and future ones most likely again will break it, at some point even
permanent. it's not a question of if but a question of when)

...Hopefully when Linux users will have sufficiently powerful GPU with
mature open-source drivers alternative *.

That is not going to happen until the patent and copy control issues get straightened out.

Patents are an issue due to liability. From what I have been told by a chip designer, everyone steps on everyone elses patents. If you have an open source driver, it is easier to prove the violation. If you have a closed source driver, it costs a million dollars or more to reverse engineer it to prove.

One company that I know of does not release all their hardware information due to one bit in one library. It is the one that toggles Macrovision for their mpg functions. The mpaa and thier ilk have threatened them with kneecapage if they release the library in the form that those nogoonick open source commies can render their bits copyable.

Wireless drivers have similar legal issues. The FCC does not want open source firmware because that would allow you to change power levels and frequencies outside of authorized ranges.

None of these people have heard of disassemblers.

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