I am no economist, but I am pretty sure Capitalism depends on public
competition to create the best product at the lowest price. The Invisible
Hand should force the market to release the source.
Open Source DOES try and force hardware vendors to distribute their code,
not because they want to, but because the market forces them to have to in
order to compete.
I would guess until enough of the market share shifts to open source for
graphics cards(desktops) Nvideo will not release source.
Again I just made this up so I expect to be corrected, but I do not see the
relation to Capitalism here.
IMO Open Source is Socialism and Red Hat(etc.) is the government. It just
so happens that socialism works in software because distribution of code is
free, but supporting the code is not. And that is why people pay healthy
sums to Red Hat for support instead of using CentOS. Intel(etc) piggy
backs to sell server hardware, but Nvidea gives nada because there is no
graphics card on most servers.
Ubuntu 9.10 Flash driver issue. I finally fixed it after three hours, but
I do Linux for a living. A normal desktop user will not be able to use
Ubuntu 9.10. The reason, a closed source Adobe Flash driver again linux
has little pull right now on the desktop.
I did not mean to write this much or be offensive to Red Hat or Intel which
are companies I respect.