Subject: Re: Bounty for NetBSD Nvidia driver (was: Petition)
To: Quentin Garnier <>
From: David Brownlee <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 12/02/2006 13:30:29
On Fri, 1 Dec 2006, Quentin Garnier wrote:

> On Sat, Dec 02, 2006 at 04:09:38AM +0800, Karim Forsthofer wrote:
>> Please support it.
>> Your vote count.
> Why should NVIDIA care about a petition?  They're not against the idea
> of having a NetBSD driver.  The thing is, it's hard work, for very
> little purpose.
> Besides, they _do_ care.  When I was working on that project, NVIDIA
> people were kind enough to at least try to answer the questions I asked
> them.
> Porting the FreeBSD driver is not that big a task;  it took me two
> months at the time to get it into a somewhat working state, and I had no
> previous kernel programming experience.
> If someone can make a really usable port of the FreeBSD driver, NVIDIA
> might very well consider doing the necessary steps to have NetBSD
> binaries, without the need for any petition.
> What's needed is someone to do the porting work;  in the 4 years my
> project has been dead, I have had probably no more than 5 people asking
> me about it, and none of them actually pursued the idea.
> IMO, you'd better organise a bounty for that project, rather than
> whining to NVIDIA.

 	I'm certainly willing to put forward $50 (say via paypal) towards
 	someone geting a usable port of the FreeBSD driver.

 	Is there anyone else
 	a) Also willing to contribute - $5? $10? $100?
 	b) Interesting in taking on the task an bounty, and if so what
 	   level of bounty makes it interesting for you

 		David/absolute       -- No hype required --