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Re: [News] New NVIDIA Driver Released; Status of Open Source Driver

On 2009-02-12, Hadron <hadronquark@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> JEDIDIAH <jedi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>> On 2009-02-12, Chris Ahlstrom <ahlstromc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> After takin' a swig o' grog, JEDIDIAH belched out
>>>   this bit o' wisdom:
>>>> On 2009-02-12, Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>>> NVIDIA Pushes Out Another Binary Driver Update
>>>> [deletia]
>>>>> NVIDIA ought to just open up. They have nothing to lose and so much to gain.
>>>>> Their results last night were abysmal, so they must change fast!
>>>>    What's to gain? They already have the marketshare and the mindshare.
>>>> They have better performing gear and more robust drivers. They even have
>>>> full acceleration support in their Linux driver for h264 & VC-1 decode 
>>>> up to BD profiles.
>>>>    Being open would be nice. Perhaps when Intel and ATI drivers have
>>>> caught up all of this crowing about openness will seem less academic.
>>>>    Nvidia has the sort of comitiment to desktop Linux that some people
>>>> would like you to believe is only mythical. I'll gladly take advantage
>>>> of that.
>>> As long as you have a fall-back plan <grin>.
>>> Apt?:
>>      Like I said, if openness and a field full of daisies were really
>> all that then I would have my "fall-back plan". Until that happens,
>> Nvidia is in a league all by itself. Their binary drivers are a sort
>> of necessary evil/nuissance.
>>      Intel shows some genuine promise. I wouldn't hold my breath for
>>      ATI.
> Earth calling jeb, Earth calling Jeb : ATI committed to "Open". Surely
> this is good? .....

    You are the perfect example of "rhetoric versus results".

> But for the record : why the hell SHOULD they give their source away?

    In this day in age it's expected. If they sell you a piece of hardware
then they should provide all that is needed for getting it to work with
the system that it's going to be plugged into. Gone are the days when
you would expect to fork over an extra 50 buck for the device driver
for the dominant OS in the marketplace.

> The source reveals their APIs which in turn reveals a LOT about their HW
> design. I'm with NVidia all the way on this and they can count on my
> cash because they do provide EXCELLENT Linux support.

     Hmmm... can't program the chip without having enough fundemental
understanding of the product that you can effectively reverse engineer
it. That's a rather fascinating idea there.

	On the subject of kilobyte being "redefined" to mean 1000 bytes...

        When I was a wee lad, I was taught that SI units were        |||
        meant to be computationally convenient rather than just     / | \
	arbitrarily assigned.

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