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Re: [Mesa3d-dev] [Nouveau] [radeonhd] Re: Status of s3tc patent in respect to open-source drivers and workarounds
  • From: Ian Romanick <idr@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 28 Mar 2010 23:05:24 -0700
  • Message-id: <4BB04324.2070206@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Stephane Marchesin wrote:

The core issue is that some people do not want to see this code in mesa
in whatever form, because they're afraid of lawsuits. Rumour has it that
VIA told them that they would sue. And the same things happened with SGI
for the float patents by the way. So blame VIA and SGI for their
anti-oss behaviour instead. For example next time you see a motherboard
with a VIA chipset, think twice...

The SGI situation is slightly different. SGI *did* sue.

http://www.sgi.com/company_info/newsroom/press_releases/2006/october/ati.html
http://271patent.blogspot.com/2008/08/wd-wis-all-instances-of-materiality.html
http://www.patentlit.com/2008/05/02/silicon-graphics-v-ati-is-a-draw/
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