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    SubjectRe: 2.4.13-pre6 breaks Nvidia's kernel module
    On Mon, Oct 22, 2001 at 11:50:59PM +0100, Alan Cox wrote:
    > I can't debug Nvidia's code even to see why it might have broken. Its as
    > simple as that - no politics, no agenda on them opening it, simple technical
    > statement of fact.

    On one side I can see this, on the other I can't. For example, no matter how
    many times a user visits windows update, chances are his drivers will still work
    with his current version of windows. Admittedly, some may not consider this a
    feature, but I think a lot do. Why should a 'stable' kernel series break
    existing drivers?

    > I really doubt Nvidia will open their driver code. I've heard them explain
    > some of the reasons they don't and in part they make complete sense.

    Microsoft deals with companies that won't always give them access to the drivers
    directly, but often they will tell users workarounds, or at least attempt to
    gather enough knowledge since they are tehnically the OS vendor to give to the
    driver provider to fix the problem. If you are the OS provider, and a change you
    make breaks user drivers/programs generally I think it's a polite gesture to at
    least attempt to find out what's going on and then pass that information on to
    the people who can properly handle it...
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