Wim De Smet wrote:
On Sat, 2 Oct 2004 16:22:48 -0400, Brendan <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:You're looking at it wrong. Nobody really wants them to open sourceThat'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.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.
That's really a bit of a red herring. Even if they released the blueprints and VHDL and documentation and everything associated with their GPUs, it would take *months* to set up a fab to produce them (even for ATI). All it would do is provide some insight into the next generation, because the current would be obsolete before even ATI could reproduce them in meaningful quality and quantity. -Roberto Sanchez
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