A line in the sand for graphics drivers
Posted Jul 5, 2010 16:14 UTC (Mon) by smurf
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They have contractual obligations with other vendors to keep some aspects of their hardware secret. This is due to the DRM requirements they have to face.
DRM implies that somewhere there's encrypted / obfuscated content which some piece of code and/or hardware decrypts before displaying, and that said code needs to be coupled to the displaying hardware -- tightly enough that one cannot just capture the output.
Hardware coupling is obviously not a problem in a smartphone (unlike HDMI).
That leaves the actual de-obfuscating part of the source code, which is easily removed from any otherwise-open-source driver program.
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