I presume by "S3" you mean "HTC"....?
Originally Posted by mark_
The issue here is that HTC needs patents to fight off the patent trolling of the steves (jobs and balmer). If S3TC gets freely implemented under an open source license with the blessing of HTC, then all the steves need to do to defang that patent is to publish the source to that very small subset of their code.
In fact, if you ASK HTC for permission, they will *DEFINITELY* say no. If you IMPLEMENT it after asking and being turned down, they MUST litigate to protect the validity of the patent. If you do NOT ask but DO implement it, they have the freedom to "turn a blind eye".
As you say, its a US issue. Only applies to US based distros. If you want it by default, pick a non-US and non-Canada based distro.
Originally Posted by curaga
Again... pick a non-US based distro or one that doesn't position itself for distribution within the US. Those probably have it enabled by default.
Originally Posted by pingufunkybeat
I think it is Russian Federation now. And I already heard they managed to cripple new release, so the distro is basically dead. Anyway, russians contribute to worldwide distros directly and mostly do not use russian-owned distros(like AltLinux etc)
Originally Posted by divVerent
Magea should be from France.
With the increase of graphics RAM and streaming texture code, this entire compression thing might as well use the ZIP algorithm just for bandwith purposes and decompress with shaders...
If S2TC is compatible with S3TC and doesn't violate the patent, then who cares?
The performance hit there would be pretty bad - you still really want hardware texture decompression.
Originally Posted by V!NCENT
this patent s3tc is a hard patent in germany! all patents bounded to hardware are hard in germany.
Originally Posted by sabriah
Microsoft won in germany in the highest curt with a hard software patent!
so its not only a US problem.
not more complicated but! Germany do accept hardware bounded software patents!
Originally Posted by 89c51
means... S3/HTC can win every law suite in court here in germany.
and germany means europe.
Germany is not France nor Sweden nor Finland.