Subject: Re: Bounty for NetBSD Nvidia driver (was: Petition)
To: David Brownlee <>
From: Claus Andersen <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 12/06/2006 21:36:54
On Sat, 2 Dec 2006, David Brownlee wrote:

> 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.

/me too ($50)

> 	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