[nycbug-talk] OT - blobs in other worlds

Pete Wright pete at nomadlogic.org
Sun May 21 15:02:14 EDT 2006

On Sun, May 21, 2006 at 08:23:22AM -0400, michael wrote:
> Novell has created a new driver system that will enable vendors to
> supply drivers to users directly.
> http://www.novell.com/news/press/item.jsp?id=662
> They want you to get your blobs right from the source.  Wow.. they just
> rolled over onto their back.  I guess having choices is good.  Now it
> is up to the user to make the right choice. 

yea i saw that the other day.  at work we are dealing with blob hell
currently via the Nvidia video driver on linux.  while i can sorta see
nvidia's POV in releasing a binary driver for support of OpenGl
extensions on thier chipset it is biting us in the ass.  nvidia actually
worked a patch into thier 7676 driver for us, but the patch has not made
it into any later versions.  so now we are kinda at the whim of these
guy's, hopefully we can get the patch merged w/o having to fork over

so yea it does indeed suck...although probably not a much as when we
where tied completly to SGI's whim's and support contracts ;)


Peter Wright
pete at nomadlogic.org

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