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Re: NVIDIA driver

From: Danial Thom <danial_thom@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2006 03:39:40 -0800 (PST)

--- Emiel Kollof <emiel@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Op donderdag 16 februari 2006 01:42, schreef
> Danial Thom:
> I know you are trolling again, but I'll bite
> this time. Don't bother replying 
> to this as I don't have the desire to make this
> another friggin' Thread From 
> Hell(tm).
> > I wonder if the open source weenies will ever
> > figure it out?
> Figure what out? I think we have it figured out
> better than you will ever do.

you make such a strong case here its hard to even
consider an answer.

> > They made a business decision that they have
> more
> > to lose by opening their interface to cloners
> > then they have to gain by releasing source
> and
> > interface specs. Its not really that
> complicated.
> It would be nice (and ideal), but they don't
> have to. In nVidia's case, they 
> can have a lump of binary code (an object file)
> that they can keep closed and 
> provide a glue that can be hacked to hell and
> back (which is the case with 
> the kernel part of the nVidia driver). Would be
> nice if this is the case with 
> the userland bits as well. I know it can be
> done. I know for a fact that 
> Matrox used to ship a closed up binary lump
> that would work in multiple 
> operating systems to enable the use of their
> HAL feature in their cards in 
> X11/Xorg.

And supporting this kind of implementation is
worth the effort financially? Or are they just
obligated to appease the handful of dudes on this

> What nVidia does is (IMHO) a dumb buisness
> decision. It might work for them, 
> but they alienate people while they don't
> really have to. 

Most "winners" alienate a lot of people. That's
why democrats keep losing. They try to appease
the masses and then they end up having nothing
worthy to offer. What's "stupid" is trying to
appeal to people who think that video board (or
chipset) vendors are obligated to make their
products available to every OS in creation simply
because of the nature of the product they sell. 

They sell a product and they have drivers for the
major OSes. They're as entitled to make that
decision as you are to not support POLLING in the
kernel. Companies are in business to maximize
profits for their investors; not to make everyone
in the entire world think that they're nice


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