Some people think now that Linux isn't a free project anymore for this reason, what about that? Aren't they infringing with the GPLv2 by shipping Linux with these blobs?
All this stuff is pissing me off.
And NVIDIA is going to have a much harder time in the desktop / laptop markets since IGP products are going to increase in popularity. (And Intel refused to license x86 to NVIDIA, so they have no hope in the IGP market.) However, getting in on the ground floor of the ARM SoC business was a good move for them.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_k...s_and_firmwareOne point of licensing controversy is Linux's use of firmware "binary blobs" to support some hardware devices. These files are under a variety of licenses, many of them restrictive and their exact underlying source code is usually unknown. Richard Stallman claims that these blobs make Linux partially non-free software, and that distributing Linux may even be violating the GPL (which requires "complete corresponding source code" to be available).
It would depend on the driver / firmware blob they're distributing and the license associated with it I would think.
And then what about John Carmack, who cries for low level, direct access to graphics cards on PC's? He really raged (pun intended) with the last id's release about the abstractions of graphics card drivers slowing down performance to such an extend that he favors Intel graphics because Intel lets him actually access the low level memmory management and memmory blitting, without having the graphics driver needing to load an entire tile of texture memmory before a single pixel can be read out (see also Battlefiel 3 PC horrors):
http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Editori...d-more/InterviI have high hopes that because it is all integrated memory, Intel will be able to lead the way with surfacing and direct access. That will give them the opportunity to sometimes take console developers who are used to this lower level access and maybe have something -shock of shocks- run better on Intel’s Integrated Graphics part than the much more expensive NVIDIA or AMD card that has all the layers of driver overhead.
And now that AMD allows direct access with Fusion and documentation, where does that leave nVidia?
Face it man, nVidia realy does SUCK. PS: They are the new 3dfx. I hope you will not clamp onto a GeForce like the 3dfx fans clamp onto their Voodoo's, and just move on.
Last edited by V!NCENT; 06-21-2012 at 05:47 PM.