[mythtv-users] A 14-Way Comparison Of NVIDIA vs. Nouveau Drivers

Simon Hobson linux at thehobsons.co.uk
Sun Nov 13 07:46:40 UTC 2011

Richard Morton wrote:
>Which just adds weight to the argument that nvidia should just help 
>them, they're going to do it anyway, the internals of nvidia do it 
>will be understood; might as well make the most of the opensource 

Well their business model is what it is, like it or not. But there 
are two external forces you've neglected to consider ...

1) There is an argument that if they did produce a detailed 
programming manual, and it included anything that could be 
interpreted as "on this model, you need this workaround" then you can 
be fairly certain that in the good old U Sue em All there'd be a 
class action claiming compensation for having been sold faulty goods.

At the risk of starting another long "discussion"
2) You forget about Digital Restrictions Management, specifically 
HDMI-HDCP. In effect, pretty well the whole internals of the system 
have to be hidden before the card could possibly get approval by that 
well known security R&D facility - the film industry. Providing the 
level of information required to make good use of the hardware would 
almost certainly result in mot being allowed to use HDCP, and that 
would lock them out of their primary market which is Windows systems.

So yes, as predicted, HDCP limits your choice/use of video hardware 
even if you have no need of it.
Simon Hobson

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