On Fri, 2004-02-27 at 00:39, Paul Jakma wrote:
> On Thu, 26 Feb 2004, David Giles wrote:
>> > source. I'm sure nvidia are shipping more cards as a result than ATI.
>> Eh, you seem to be mistaken. The NVidia driver is _binary_ only, with
> a small GPL open shim to interface the binary object code with the
> kernel de jour.
> If there experience with releasing closed source
> drivers is positive they may be more likely to consider going open
> source. I'm sure nvidia are shipping more cards as a result than ATI.
> Maybe soon ATI will realise that if they ship an open source one they
> will get the lead.
I knew that :-) If you substitute binary for closed source above you will see what I meant.
The ready availability of the binary driver is beneficial to nvidia's sales.
Though I do acknowledge that my reasoning is probably flawed:
ATI instead of saying 'Hey if we release the specs for our drivers, we will get increased sales
in the open-source market' will say 'Lets copy nvidia's lead and release binary drivers, that
will keep 'em happy'.
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