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  1. That sounds like it's against the GPL, at least...

    That sounds like it's against the GPL, at least as long as user-space binaries are concerned. You can modify and recompile, but you cannot run. Someone who provided you with a signed user-space...
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    Well, maybe for you. Single-threaded performance...

    Well, maybe for you. Single-threaded performance is still king on the desktop. Even browsers and desktop environments like KDE get smoother with fast CPU, not to mention smoother feeling in games,...
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    The question you are not asking is whether they...

    The question you are not asking is whether they lost or gained money (short term, long term) with this move.

    I think that they certainly gained in the short term (or they wouldn't close it) and...
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    I'm one of practical users, but I'll chime in...

    I'm one of practical users, but I'll chime in here: you can't easily change the license. Linux is screwed in that regard as changing its license would involve contacting thousands of people and/or...
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    Thanks for the reassuring info. I always...

    Thanks for the reassuring info.

    I always wondered what makes NVidia keep their Linux drivers full-featured and contributed that to post-SGI inertia (with NVidia being SGI continuator in some...
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    Maybe. However AMD hardware has had open...

    Maybe. However AMD hardware has had open documentation for years and their OSS drivers are still behind proprietary ones, let alone AMD Windows drivers, so I wouldn't hold my breath.
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    This is my problem as well. At the moment I enjoy...

    This is my problem as well. At the moment I enjoy having the best of both worlds - a nice (and cheap!) alternative OS where all (well, most) my hardware is supported at roughly the same level as it...
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    Why can't we all get along. There are reasons to...

    Why can't we all get along. There are reasons to keep some tech private and if you insist on "all or nothing" approach you are more likely to get nothing.

    Too rigid licensing limitations can be...
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    To reiterate, the problem seems to have an easy...

    To reiterate, the problem seems to have an easy solution.

    NVidia needs to create a proxy module that makes GPL symbols available to non-GPL modules. End users are free to install that as long as...
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    I don't see any problem with that. But...

    I don't see any problem with that.



    But somehow NDISwrapper is allowed.

    What NVidia needs to do is to supply a patch that makes GPL symbols available via normal EXPORT_SYMBOL and make...
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    By that reasoning, it should be possible to...

    By that reasoning, it should be possible to create something like NDIS-wrapper for all the binary drivers (reimplementing "just a standard" Windows driver API or FreeBSD one or whatever) and...
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    For some reason, kerneluserland interface is...

    For some reason, kernel<>userland interface is exempted from GPL (probably someone sane realized that making ALL Linux software derivative works - as it would be if GPL didn't have exceptions - means...
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    Because some freedoms are important for me and...

    Because some freedoms are important for me and some others are less so? It's not "all or nothing" for me.

    And yes, I do use non-free systems when I have to. It's just that I prefer to have as...
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    My reply to "OSS is on the rise" guys: I'm not...

    My reply to "OSS is on the rise" guys:

    I'm not seeing industry like that. Soon, we will need to jailbreak our PCs just to have a non-signed OS installed. Thanks God Microsoft was pressed hard...
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    NVidia is the only graphics vendor who puts so...

    NVidia is the only graphics vendor who puts so much effort in bringing proper drivers to the platform. I don't know their reasons, though - perhaps Linux is still being used for content creation...
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    Deprecate all you want, but don't ruin backward...

    Deprecate all you want, but don't ruin backward binary compatibility.
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    Modern games stabilized around two numbers: 30...

    Modern games stabilized around two numbers: 30 FPS (mostly console games) and 60 FPS (PC games). 30 FPS is the lowest acceptable FPS, and it's chosen out of necessity, because it turns out that some...
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    Exactly - NVidia has very good drivers which are...

    Exactly - NVidia has very good drivers which are *almost* on par with Windows ones feature-wise (except for DirectX-specific features).

    Open source drivers seem to be lagging - if not for NVidia,...
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    Digital Right Management

    It's very good that Linux enhances its Digital Rights Management support.

    // I know what drm stands for in Linux kernel. I'm just poisoning search results, because I don't like that Linux...
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    Those people are volunteers, you cannot "shuffle"...

    Those people are volunteers, you cannot "shuffle" them to some other project. So there's no wastage of resources - there's perhaps lack of resources in some areas.

    And also, world at large needs...
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