Re: Why is Nvidia given GPL'd code to use in closed source drivers?

Ralf Hildebrandt (
Tue, 31 Dec 2002 18:46:31 +0100

* Dan Egli <>:

Thanks for the fullquote

> I don't think there is a person on this listt that would not prefer to
> have the source to the nVidia drivers. I know I would. However, I also
> know that releasing the complete spec to their GPU would be suicide
> because, as has been pointed out earlier, ATI could get ahold of the
> information and use it to exploit any weakness in nVidia's GPU. Plus
> they could start to incorporate nVidia's instructions into THEIR GPUs
> and boom. ATI releases a card that has all of their features, plus does
> 99.5% of what an nVidia card does also. Responce from the computer

If ATI's so keen on having that data, they would be reverse
engineering nvidia's drivers.

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