A cost analysis of Vista content protection
Posted Dec 25, 2006 1:45 UTC (Mon) by dkite
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Microsoft will end up writing most of the video drivers for the card
Already the closed video drivers available for X have microsoft code in
The spec is very complex, and most of the function is system level as
opposed to video driver level, the only problem being that it has to run
in the video processor. Why not have MS write the complicated
communication and trip handling bits, and focus on the particularities of
If it isn't the case now, it will as Nvidea and ATI have trouble
delivering adequate performance and consistency, and MS starts losing
sales because of it.
And since MS will own the code, which IS the spec for the hardware, how
can anyone else have a go at it?
My opinion is that this will be an utter failure for everyone involved.
It will take a few years to shake out.
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