Re: starting with 2.7
From: Gene Heskett (gene.heskett_at_verizon.net)
To: email@example.com, Dave Airlie <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2005 23:51:19 -0500
On Sunday 09 January 2005 20:28, Dave Airlie wrote:
>> And what 3rd party hardware vendor wants to waste their resources
>> by repeting smaller versions of the one-time cost of driver
>> writing over and over to accomodate linux, when they can't even
>> accomodate all versions due to special patches some people have?
>> So far there's been a rediculous but visible trend of hardware
>> vendors to hold their source closed.
>I do wonder would open source kernel drivers to work with a closed
>source user space application be accepted into the mainline
> kernel... say for example Nvidia or VMware GPL'ed their lower layer
> kernel interfaces but kept their userspace (X driver and VMware)
> closed source which is perfectly acceptable from a license point of
> view.. would Linus/Andrew accept the nvidia lowlevel into the
> kernel, if not then it would be idealogical not licensing issues
> which would make the argument for having a stable module interface
> better :-)
>It would be interesting to find out .. and you are right there is
>little point in arguing this at this stage, closed source drivers
> are evil.
Are we not already seeing proprietary drivers in the form of hex code
lists from these people with no srcs in the patches that have gone by
on this list just this past week? What makes these folks think the
result won't be dissed and inspected? I know I darned sure would be
doing exactly that just to make sure the stuff is at least benign
before its ever allowed in the same room with a production box...
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