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    Default Will Floating Point Textures Be Merged Into Mesa?

    Phoronix: Will Floating Point Textures Be Merged Into Mesa?

    Lucas Stach has brought a proposal to the Mesa mailing list of merging Mesa's floating point textures and render targets code branch into the mainline Mesa repository. Floating point textures have been available in OpenGL for years, but has yet to enter mainline Mesa as it's a patented feature...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=OTE3Mw

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    and is unlikely to be not flipped on by any of the major distributions, due to legal reasons.
    Hey that sounds good. Michael, don't bring up unnecessary hope :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by curaga View Post
    Hey that sounds good. Michael, don't bring up unnecessary hope :P
    This won't be a problem for us Gentoo users.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pvtcupcakes View Post
    This won't be a problem for us Gentoo users.
    Terminal bdsm ftw!

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    Wait, so which of the following is legal, and which illegal?

    - Possessing source code containing patented technology
    - Distributing source code containing patented technology
    - Compiling source code containing patented technology
    - Possessing binaries containing pantented technology
    - Using binaries containing patented technology
    - Distributing binaries containing patented technology

    I assume they've vetted their approach with a lawyer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by illissius View Post
    Wait, so which of the following is legal, and which illegal?

    - Possessing source code containing patented technology
    - Distributing source code containing patented technology
    - Compiling source code containing patented technology
    - Possessing binaries containing pantented technology
    - Using binaries containing patented technology
    - Distributing binaries containing patented technology

    I assume they've vetted their approach with a lawyer?
    AFAIK none of them in the EU. So we could use it without sleepless nights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazycheese View Post
    Terminal bdsm ftw!
    Terminal godness!

    But if you don't like it you can get rid of the terminal after the first installation. (there are graphical tools for everything)

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    And I want those Mesa patches in Mainline.

    I frankly don't care much about the patent situation in the USA.
    But I do care about features in Mesa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pvtcupcakes View Post
    This won't be a problem for us Gentoo users.
    It won't be a problem for anyone who knows how to compile software or add a repository to their sources. SHUT UP you Gentoo elitists

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanL View Post
    It won't be a problem for anyone who knows how to compile software or add a repository to their sources. SHUT UP you Gentoo elitists
    All major distributions have easy ways to compile packages (with your custom flags) or add custom repositories.

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