open source video card hardware!

Jay Moore jaymo at
Sat Dec 11 18:36:21 PST 2004

On Sunday 05 December 2004 12:05 am, jason wrote:

> Has anyone else heard of these great idea?  If you are intrested sign
> the petition so the company backing it, Tech Source, will fund it.
> Please check this link with plenty of info about.

It does sound like a good idea, but I wonder if it's realistic over the long 

Why? Well, once upon a time all of the chip vendors published specifications 
for their parts, and made them available to "the public". Now, it seems that 
there are many components that are available only to "selected parties", and 
then only if you'll sign an NDA.

This is not a conspiracy (unless capitalism is a conspiracy), it simply 
reflects the desire to protect the I.P. developed through investments. 

We've already seen this in the wifi marketplace... there are open-source 
drivers for the older technology, but there are none for the latest 
technology hardware. Thus, you're forced to choose: latest technology or open 


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