New -amd Maintainer (was Re: [Info-linux] Announcement)\
daniel at fooishbar.org
Sat Sep 1 09:10:23 PDT 2007
On Sat, Sep 01, 2007 at 06:41:19PM +0300, Martin-Éric Racine wrote:
> On 9/1/07, Jordan Crouse <jordan.crouse at amd.com> wrote:
> > Both drivers have the same code. The only argument here is about the
> > naming; -nsc is patently incorrect for GX and LX (and technically,
> > -amd is incorrect for SCx200 / GX1).
> I believe that there are also copyright issues involved. Even though
> AMD bought the IP related to the NSC Geodes, both Geode generations
> purposely kept a separate name for historical reasons.
This is not even related to copyright, but trademark.
> Besides, by keeping the -amd and -nsc branches unaltered, we preserve
> the distinction between community contributions and manufacturer code.
Er, why is this a useful distinction to make?
> It also makes it easier for distributions to offer any or all three
> drivers as they see fit.
This is what has been happening for Via for years, and is an unmitigated
> The main question is to get written permission from AMD to use the
> -geode name, since they own the copyright.
Again, trademark, and it's irrelevant. If you want to sell Geode cards
then you have an issue, but you're not.
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