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  • #16
    How many rich foss taliban are there?
    ## VGA ##
    AMD: X1950XTX, HD3870, HD5870
    Intel: GMA45, HD3000 (Core i5 2500K)

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    • #17
      Originally posted by RealNC View Post
      Who in his right mind would not want to work for NVidia?
      Someone who doesn't appreciate the company?

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      • #18
        Originally posted by RealNC View Post
        Who in his right mind would not want to work for NVidia?
        I'm not very keen on working for them since that would spell the end of me working on Nouveau, as much as I enjoy it. Time will tell

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        • #19
          Also merged now:
          http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kerne...005f4b972c4f0e

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          • #20
            Originally posted by AlbertP View Post
            @ RealNC: I think developers will rather refuse the offer if it means that they can't work on Nouveau. No need to be worried yet.
            I am sure its possible they'd sign some sort of an NDA and keep their nouveau work separate from the work they do for NVIDIA itself. That might be a sensible thing if its permitted.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by DeepDayze View Post
              I am sure its possible they'd sign some sort of an NDA and keep their nouveau work separate from the work they do for NVIDIA itself. That might be a sensible thing if its permitted.
              NVidia would never accept that. Either they let you use your knowledge you got from the inside and translate that to docs and then code or they wouldn't allow you to work on Nouveau at all.

              I'm actually quite surprised they would be interested in Nouveau devs. This means they don't care that much about IP.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by MPF View Post
                NVidia would never accept that. Either they let you use your knowledge you got from the inside and translate that to docs and then code or they wouldn't allow you to work on Nouveau at all.

                I'm actually quite surprised they would be interested in Nouveau devs. This means they don't care that much about IP.
                Actually, it makes PERFECT sense. If you're that good that you can make it work without any docs, imagine what you could do WITH docs. Further, if you are creating a RISK that you will cause loss of control over IP (i.e., reverse engineer DRM crap), then they may want to do something to shut you up from working further on that.

                IMO, NVidia really screwed up with their lack of support for open source software. BECAUSE they didn't do what AMD is doing, their hardware is being reverse engineered, and they are at greater risk of loss of IP. AMD is involved in open source radeon development, at least PARTLY, to ensure that the SAFEST information is released to the public. They're controlling the process to protect IP that they don't want out. NVidia's great wall of China is causing their IP to get raped.

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                • #23
                  They have once said that they won't hinder nouveau. And it's still not clear what exactly they want from the Nouveau people when even Mupuf, being a Nouveau developer, can't tell more about it.

                  Still, when the nouveau people refuse to work for nvidia, the current situation will just continue - NVidia can't force the developers to stop developing nouveau that way.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by AlbertP View Post
                    And it's still not clear what exactly they want from the Nouveau people
                    Are you serious?

                    Talented programmers with a proven track record, whose code you can examine, and who have good knowledge of programming Nvidia hardware. Of course Nvidia wants to recruit such people instead of fresh university graduates or people who come from a completely different company and would need a longer time to become productive.

                    I don't think that recruiting Nouveau people is motivated by a desire to harm Nouveau, but by the desire to get hire talented coders.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by asdx
                      Work for NVIDIA for a while, get paid, learn everything about how their cards work internally, then resign and go back to implement all that knowledge in Nouveau.
                      Yeah, that's not how the real world works.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by locovaca View Post
                        Yeah, that's not how the real world works.
                        It is if you want a giant lawsuit on your hands....

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Veerappan View Post
                          It is if you want a giant lawsuit on your hands....
                          Pick your favorite "enemy of america" country, move there, and THEN release documentation

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