[Xorg] why is it so hard to get specs?

Sean Middleditch elanthis at awesomeplay.com
Fri Jul 9 07:20:04 PDT 2004

On Fri, 2004-07-09 at 10:12, David Eger wrote:
> I'm curious:
> Why don't ATI/Nvidia/etc. ever seem to want to release programming specs 
> for their chips or source code for their drivers?

This is a really old topic; the answer has been stated very many times
before in the list archives and elsewhere...

Long story short, they don't want competitors to know the interfaces to
their hardware, or because they license hardware components from third
parties, they are legally obligated not to release the hardware
interface information.
Sean Middleditch <elanthis at awesomeplay.com>
AwesomePlay Productions, Inc.

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