[linux-elitists] Laptop that doesn't suck?

Jim Richardson warlock@eskimo.com
Mon Jan 19 13:39:40 PST 2004

On Mon, Jan 19, 2004 at 01:12:14PM -0800, Jason Spence wrote:


>In defense of NVidia: SGI owns a buttload of 3-D patents on various
>things, and it's rather difficult to put together a hardware
>accelerated OpenGL implementation that performs at competitive speeds
>AND includes all the SGI_* ARB extensions without paying off SGI and
>using the IP.  As a result, NVidia has very little choice except to
>make some of the kernel parts of their driver closed source.  So if
>we're going to complain to anyone, it should be SGI, not NVidia.
>There's also another vendor that owns a bunch of IP which NVidia
>licenses, but I can't remember their name right now.
>I'm rather happy that I have a commercial quality GLX/OpenGL
>implementation for my favorite operating system, regardless of the
>closed sourceness of the driver.  I already know many details of the
>internals of their implementation and really wouldn't benefit from
>being able to read the source.  If I have problems, I talk to their
>engineers and they're very responsive to my problem reports.  I'm very
>surprised you haven't developed a relationship with one of them to
>help with situations like the one you're describing.

Are those the same OpenGL patents that SGI sold to Microsoft a year or
so ago? 

Jim Richardson     http://www.eskimo.com/~warlock
I owed the government $3400 in taxes, so I sent them two hammers and a
toilet seat.
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