Linux in a binary world... a doomsday scenario
Posted Dec 9, 2005 13:50 UTC (Fri) by bockman
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NVidia and ATI are special in a way because they go through the trouble of making a special glue layer.
Maybe this should be unofficially indicated as the second best choice after releasing the full code. It allows kernel developers not to be API-bounded and allows hardware vendors to hide their supposedly-valuable IP in the binary blob. Meanwhile, the 'open' external layer allows third parties to fix things when the kernel API changes and/or the vendor drops support for the hardware.
I know that this still is not free software, and I am not saying that the external layers of such drivers should be part of official kernels. But at least, if most vendors would adopt this approach, things would be slightly better.
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