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  • #31
    So, it has been discovered as a fake.

    And couldn't be otherwise because, if it's targeted towards developers/QA, why in the world should you be presented with a "select region" page?

    Nobody brought up this: unless they split the driver à la AMDGPU with a kernel GPL'd part ... they couldn't distribute a distro with a proprietary blob in the kernel. They should distribute a GPL only version AND a separate post-install tool for installing their drivers.

    As Michael pointed out, they have already plans/products for a gaming environment outside win10, and it's Shield Geforce NOW. If they need something in the desktop market: there's SteamOS. Or they could take a solid and proven popular distro and setup a PPA (or equivalent) and, maybe add something similar to the Steam marketplace (oh.. wait Geforce Now!).

    I really claim BS on this rumor.

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    • #32
      You need more than a GPL kernel - you need open source userspace that makes use of all the functionality you want in the upstream kernel driver. The amdgpu model only works because we have an aggressive open source effort as well.
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      • #33
        Originally posted by bridgman View Post
        You need more than a GPL kernel - you need open source userspace that makes use of all the functionality you want in the upstream kernel driver. The amdgpu model only works because we have an aggressive open source effort as well.
        IIRC, Linux kernel devs are explicitly unwilling to accept code which is only useful for proprietary usermode parts, I guess you refer to this fact, right?

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        • #34
          Correct.
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          • #35
            Originally posted by dimko View Post
            And what next? Make all users use that specific distro, Because 'it just works' on their distro and refuse support for all other general purpose distros?

            It's called a Reference Implementation.

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