Re: Graphics Drivers (I'm new to Linux)
Dave Ewart wrote:
You have not given the official website from which you are quoting the
above information. So it is hard for me to comment anything upon it.
kamaraju kusumanchi wrote:
It is very sad that nvidia is not making their drivers open source. I
wonder if they are really gaining anything in the end (with all the
discomfort caused to their end users using Linux).
As I understand it: nVidia claim that they would *like* to open-source
their drivers, but that parts of the driver code include code (and other
patented/copyrighted stuff??) from third parties, such as SGI. They
cannot legally open their drivers without permission from these third
According to http://news.com.com/2061-10795_3-5762319.html nvidia is
afraid of a lawsuit regarding patent infringements etc., My feeling is
that if nvidia wants to open source it, they can start writing the code
from scratch. These completely open source drivers might not be great in
the initial stages, but will improve in the due course.
Kamaraju S Kusumanchi