Quote Originally Posted by whizse View Post
Uhm, not that I'm a lawyer or anything, but no, that's not how it works...
I agree, but I wonder why it doesn't work like that.

If AMD is developing a driver for AMD hardware, and this driver only runs on AMD hardware (obviously), then why is it not covered by the AMD patent license?

I mean, the patent is not a trade secret -- everybody knows how it works, and can look it up at the patent office. Using the license for their drivers should therefore not be a problem even if the source is open.

Another reason why software patents are an evil pile of crap.