S-Media's self-damaging NDA-happiness

Aaron Sowry aaron at aeneby.com
Tue Aug 5 14:17:18 CEST 2008

>> Does this scenario work well for S Media?
> No. Their NDA-happiness does seem very stupid, as they don't seem to
> have much of an edge against the bigger players besides their lack of
> overt hostility to free software development. (Okay, possibly cost, but
> I wouldn't know about that.)
It does seem stupid. I know that some larger GPU manufacturers are often 
forced into de-facto NDAs by the film industry and prominent software 
companies (no need to name names) so that people can't potentially write 
drivers to bypass DRM technology, but it's not like people are going to 
be watching 1080p HD content on their Freerunners. Does anyone from 
SMedia subscribe to this mailing-list, or does anyone know how we can 
get in touch with them to ask the relevant questions?

I don't believe that writing direct to the framebuffer solves anything 
as far as graphic performance is concerned, I think we need a graphic 
accelerator that works and can be coded for.


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