Has anyone ever asked nVidia how much money they want to release their own parts of the driver code?
Their excuse to not free the code has always been that there is some third party code that they cannot release, if that's the only reason then they ought to be able to take that code out and release their own code.
I can fully understand nVidia not wanting to document the hardware, because I'm pretty sure that documentation doesn't exist other than as lines of code in their driver, so any documentation written would be wrong or at least obsolete.
The Pledge(tm) quite quickly found 1200 people willing to spend $10 eac without any sort of idea of what the money would be used for, so I don't think it would be too unlikely to be able to find a much larger sum (like a million) if there was an agreement in place with nVidia that they would release their driver code.
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