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Re: CPU recommendations *avoid Intel-Shite*

On Mon, 2003-05-05 at 09:18, Pigeon wrote:
> On Mon, May 05, 2003 at 03:39:31AM -0700, Paul Johnson wrote:
> > On Sat, May 03, 2003 at 04:11:48PM -0700, Troy Arnold wrote:
> What is it with these dumb hardware manufacturers who won't release
> the specs, anyway? It makes no sense:
> - They make their money by selling chips, not drivers - the drivers
>   are free as in beer, if not as in speech

They make their program selling, specific purpose chips, not general
purpose chips like CPUs.

> - The information needed to program the chips is not sufficient to
>   give any kind of clue as to what's actually on the silicon, so it
>   does not enable unscrupulous manufacturers to make a clone of the chip

You don't know that.

Maybe purpose of the driver-GPU API calls, the sequence that the API
calls must be made in, or the parameters needed could be used, could
be used by a sufficiently clever engineer to discern info that nVIDIA
wants held secret.

> - They lose sales to the increasingly large Linux-users market.
> In case any of them happen to be reading this: GET A CLUE, GUYS,

Well, that's true, too...

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