Congratulations to all the people involved! Thanks for the hard work.
Though I doubt many sane developers would ever see that line above... They'd have to willingly:
- Go through the article that regurgitates links to past news posts, before writing 5 times as much about all the stuff "lacking"
- Read the comments that are for the most part similarly discouraging
What's wrong with saying "nice, keep it up guys!", you know, at least for ONCE?
If you have time to complain, you have time to fix things. Guess what's the smarter alternative?
Since those patents are owned by HTC now and HTC is a member of the Open Invention Network, they could be safely enabled by default on Linux. I guess, rather than disabling those features at all, Mesa devs should check at compiling whether the OS is Linux or not, and disabling them for non-Linux OSes.Mesa still doesn't have S3TC (S3 Texture Compression) support by default nor support for other features like floating-point textures since they are covered by patents.
Judging by the work already done in Mesa for later GL 3.x revisions, we'll have GL 3.3 by the next year.
Last edited by Reloaded211; 01-10-2012 at 03:34 AM.
The chances of them being invalid are nil.
This is why it's fantastically important to fight patents and IP law whenever possible and stop giving money to corporations, like Apple or Nvidia, that are pro software patents.
Last edited by drag; 01-10-2012 at 03:45 AM.
Newer versions of Catalyst don't support my hardware.
Next month, Debian lenny gets dropped, so no more security updates.. The Catalyst 9.3 drivers won't work in Debian stable (or any other linux distro's current "stable")... If I switch the PC to Windows XP, I can still get my security updates and run Catalyst 9.3. If I switch to any newer Linux distribution with the open source drivers, I have to accept that I'm going to lose some graphics features like MSAA..
Because of the above, the open source drivers are very important.. The underlying Linux OS just isn't supported for long durations (10+ years)like Microsoft does with their service packs. So all developments in the Open source driver should be celebrated because the Proprietary drivers don't last very long if you're running Linux. Although I wished they put out MSAA support before they worked on OpenGL3, I'm sure the people that have OpenGL3 hardware that's about to have their Catalyst drivers retired by the hardware manuf.'s would beg to differ.
I think I'm pretty much SOL at this point.. If I upgrade to a new distro, I lose my MSAA and if I keep using an archived version of Debian then my PC is insecure.
P.S. I have much love for the Debian team.. If it weren't for them supporting their OS for so long, I would have been SOL two years ago instead of now. Peace.
Last edited by Sidicas; 01-10-2012 at 08:16 AM.
The chance of US5956431 being marked as invalid is low considering the past history of this patent, however I would have to argue that the chance of this happening is not nil. The legal mess that is the smart phone industry is our best bet for this to happen.
I agree that software patents need to die, but I don't see patent reform going anywhere with the current political environment here in the US. Besides boycotting pro-software patent companies, how do you suggest we go about fighting software patents?