In return the use of the kernel API by the proprietary driver will be tolerated.
Tolerated by whom?
Anyone could sue any Linux distribution for infringement, especially one of the thousand+ kernel developers, present or past.
Who has the authority to "tolerate" a GPL violation?
It's not like Alan or Linus can simply go ahead and say "oh, ignore the GPL, it doesn't matter anyway" as a sign of good will.
The real meat here is that Nvidia is not really running a risk here, because they do not distribute infringing code. What they want is the distributions to break the GPL by shipping their software. Nobody could legally ship such drivers anyway!
I got acceleration from day 1 with Nvidia drivers. A clueless moron like you running open source drivers got zero hardware acceleration for a long time. But nice try at trolling I guess. Give yourself a pat on your back, if it makes you feel better.
If open source drivers were actually usable or bug free, fact is they're not and it's well proven it's significantly worse and buggy as hell, even with documetation like the Radeon open source drivers. Open source driver Nazis and GPL Nazis are only killing Linux, simple as that. The biggest enemies are not Microsoft or Apple, it's the GPL Nazis themselves.
no idiot GPL2 is a license and kernel is a project using that license since 20 years ago troll and since laws exists too, you are bound to the terms of that license retard is just that simply. if you don't consider GPL to be the right choice then go here http://www.pcbsd.org/ which is a more adequate licensed OS for you.
Would nvidia allow bending of their licence to better accommodate the linux kernel? If not why would anyone agree to bending of the GPL not that such a thing can be done anyway and anyone who says it can be done does not understand the GPL
The problem here is simple - people read shit on forums before they'll read and understand the GPL. They believe there is an evil 'linux' corporation headed by a finnish man who lives in castle greyskull who dictates what can and what cannot run on his operating system which he gives away for 'free' in order to try and achieve market saturation. Fortunately the people who believe this are fuckwits/fanbois/trolls and don't report bugs, write documentation or even write code. They are very opinionated by nature however and like to do 'feature requests' hence the complete fucking mess that is known as ubuntu
go on someone say 'Desktop market share' if they DARE :P