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    SubjectRe: Announcing free software graphics drivers for Intel i965 chipset
    On Wed, 2006-08-09 at 23:21 -0700, Nicholas Miell wrote:

    > More importantly, where's the source to

    This module contains stuff which Intel can't publish in source form,
    like Macrovision register stuff and other trade secrets. It's optional,
    so if you don't want to use a binary module, you don't get to use code
    written by Intel agents for these features. And, we also haven't figured
    out how and when to release this binary blob, so there's no way you can
    use it today. The driver remains completely functional in the absense of
    the binary piece, and in fact has no reduction in functionality from
    previous driver releases.

    One important note -- the interface for the binary module exists only in
    user-mode code which is licensed under the MIT license, not the GPL.

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