I buy something - lets say it's a commercial washing machine.
Then i build my own, copying the patented stuff that i had bought.
I claim it's fine to do this, because by buying the machine i got a license to use that patent.
That's obviously not how the patent systems works, it's just harder to figure out how it would apply to software. But I think the same applies - you have a license to use the patents in the particular driver that comes with the product, but creating your own clone which also uses the patent would not be possible.
Won't it still be possible to compile/build that module alone? Like compile mesa without s3tc and then compile just the module?
If yes then i don't see it becoming complicated, it gets easier as you are sure that the s3tc module will compile against your mesa
I like the idea of one big switch for those of us outside the US
This should be part of the S3TC should be part of mesa not a separate library - also for those complaining about compiling - are you doing the compiling or will you be getting the package from RPMFusion / PPA?
I always find it bazaar at the sheer number of folk on these forums that bitch and complain about development changes that only effect developers.Using xorg edgers doesn't make you a dev just to make clear. Developers do these changes to make their lives easier, the easier their lives are the more developing they can get done. Which is a win win for us.
there is some rumoring that mark shuttleworth will buy the floading point hdr+s3tc patent to bring freedome to the os driver world.
Is it time to restart the "non-us" repositories for debian ?