[Gllug] ubuntu +1

Daniel P. Berrange dan at berrange.com
Tue Jun 19 15:49:56 UTC 2007

On Tue, Jun 19, 2007 at 09:49:17PM +0100, Caroline Ford wrote:
> On Tue, 2007-06-19 at 13:02 +0100, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
> > At least with NVIDIA the Nouveau project is very quickly developing
> > a viable alternative to the closed source driver. Until about 5
> > days ago there was no such option for modern ATI cards. Fortuantely
> > there is now work on the brand new 'avivo' driver to support the
> > latest generation ATI cards. And as a nice 'screw you' to ATI this 
> > new driver is under the GPL rather than X11/MIT style license.
> Or a screw you to BSD (and X) - who will need to make their own driver..

Well that's the choice BSD make - if they're happy to see their work
exploited by companies which are openly hostile to open source so be 
it. Its not like this is a new issue - say the same about any driver
in the Linux kernel.  That said, there is nothing to stop BSD folk
looking at the GPL'd driver to find out the register details, which
is the core information required for a driver.  IMHO its a tradeoff
worth making.

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