[Ardour-Users] Can anyone help with a Linux problem ?

Mark Knecht markknecht at gmail.com
Fri May 29 13:43:29 PDT 2009

On Fri, May 29, 2009 at 1:31 PM, Rob Quin <robquin at uklinux.net> wrote:
> On Thursday 28 May 2009 18:36, Mark Knecht wrote:
>> >> I'm sure you probably know this but the closed-source driver cannot be
>> >> shown to be rt-kernel safe
>> >
>> > Some people reported that and others reported it's fine.
>> How does anyone other than NVidia be able to report it's rt-safe? Only
>> NVidia can see the code.
> I don't have any useful suggestions on the topic of this thread but I would
> like to try and prevent this missinformation from spreading. This is the real
> situation.
> The Nvidia code is copyrighted to Nvidia and not open source.
> However the source is published by Nvidia and widely available so anyone can
> inspect it,

Interesting, and if true then that's great.

My understanding is a bit different, but I'm open to be educated.

First, there are two portions to the nvidia driver:

a) A portion distributed as source. This portion is certainly human
readable and it's function is to interface a lower level portion with
your kernel. This portion can be inspected for rt safeness.

b) A second portion that is distributed in binary. This portion does
all the low-level, CPU/GPU intensive work. My understanding is that
this is where the nvidia intellectual property is and they keep that
private and, TTBOMK, cannot be inspected.

To the best of my knowledge the second portion hasn't ever been
distributed in source. It's presumably not even completely C code.

But again, if I'm wrong about that then I'd be very interested in
getting the story right. I'm not a coder and wouldn't have had any
reason to go any further, but that's the story I've been told over the


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