NVIDIA Tegra With Dedicated Quadro/GeForce?
Phoronix: NVIDIA Tegra With Dedicated Quadro/GeForce?
File this as you wish, but since talking about The Biggest Problem For A Linux PC Vendor, I've heard some interesting information from a source regarding future Tegra plans. The mentioned work if it reaches the market would be extremely interesting and would be good news for Linux users...
GPL kernel restrictions are silly
Imagine the existence of a patch that removes all "GPL only" restrictions from the linux kernel
The patch itself would also be GPL
Nobody can stop the patch from being distributed
Nobody can stop anyone from assembling a distribution using this patch
Nvidia and Dell can put this together and make their own "Dellbuntu".
I love the idea of free software but damn it, it's my computer and my video card and I am the one who is loading the drivers and it is me who should get to decide what drivers I can use on my computer.
And then there are the "GPL" drivers that were written using documentation that can only be viewed after signing an NDA. Honestly I don't see how you can call this "free software", it might as well be a binary blob because even the source code is just a binary blob without that documentation. For another example I can provide the areca driver which was written by an areca engineer with access to documents that nobody else can get even with an NDA. "Free Software" hah!
And then there is the matter of drawing a distinction between devices that require firmware loaded versus those which carry their firmware internally. Hey the engineers are being clever by allowing the firmware to be upgraded but oh no, they get a bitch slap from Linus for being intelligent.
Maybe closed source code is wrong and morally repugnant but that's MY decision to make on MY computer.
I find this "GPL only" mentality to be just as narrow minded and just as stupid as Microsoft's lock in policies.