shift8 at digitrash.com
Thu Aug 18 03:05:55 CEST 2005
a la ndiswrapper? the precedent would seem to be set for kernel modules
that wrap windows drivers...
On Thu, 2005-08-18 at 02:27 +0200, Malte Steiner wrote:
> Just to add some aspects:
> >> Software can be modified, hardware can't.
> > hardware can be modified before compilation (before you build it).
> > there is no deference with software.
> > (you can modify a sofware only if you have the source code, you can
> > modify a hardware if you have the shematic)
> you can modify compiled software if you dare. Patching is an artform in
> itself and might include disassembling code to read the 'real stuff'.
> Most interesting is of course software which modifies itself...
> And yes, digital electronics as a subcategory of analogue electronics is
> easier to understand and work with. You stay usually at the same voltage
> and skip so many things you normally need to take care. Maybe its my
> programmer view, I saw electronic engineers who actually got trouble to
> get into programming and one of the electronic books in my homelibrary,
> which is really heavy to read for me, trys to calm down the audience
> during the introduction of microcontrollers, saying programming is not
> so difficult as it looks :).
> > when you design a product, the hardware dependent on the software, the
> > software dependent on the hardware.
> > i don't think they are wrong to think drivers is part of the hardware :
> > if nvidia provid free driver, then ATI will exactly know how does the
> > nvidia hardware is made, and they will be able to copy nvidia idea.
> I wonder why they are so picky and if it is not possible to create
> wrappers around their stuff so the competitors can't get to deep into
> it. To archive this more code must reside in the graphics card which get
> controlled by an opensource driver, but it should be possible. Of course
> it still locks in some code but free the driver so you can continue to
> use the card when they are out of business and the OS of your choice
> made a major versionjump so all drivers has to be rewritten or at least
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