Re: If ATI and nVidia don't support their own products, who does?
On Sat, 2 Oct 2004 16:22:48 -0400, Brendan <email@example.com> wrote:
> On Saturday 02 October 2004 08:29, Wim De Smet wrote:
> > linux support sooner). Now GPL-ing their drivers isn't going to
> > happen. Drivers need to know certain things about the hardware that
> > these companies just aren't willing to share with their competitor.
> > Tough luck, start your own graphics card company.
> That's not why NVIDIA cannot open their driver. It's been said by them time
> and time again that the drive contains 3rd party code that they have a
> limited license for, and as such, cannot expose that code to non-licensees.
You're looking at it wrong. Nobody really wants them to open source
their driver. Okay maybe because it's easier. But people really want
to be able to write their own driver. But they won't or can't release
the necessary info because the software has to tie so thigtly in with
the hardware. And to be honest, even if they would be able to open
source their own drivers, I doubt they would.