I'm in a quandry- perhaps someone reading this entry can
offer advice... Several individuals, myself included, are
attempting to make DRI drivers for the ATI RagePRO chipset.
Of them, I think I am the only one with the information to
make it happen, and while I'm not under an NDA, per se, I
have not been given permission to grant access to the
technical data. ATI is being bull-headed where once they
were nice to us- they're not giving any further access to
the tech data to anyone that doesn't already have it. So,
what do I do? Worse, I find out that XFree86, Inc. has made
several NDA deals to get the information needed to make
their drivers possible- and you have to have submitted
several patches or something similar to be admitted as a
member of the XFree86 project.
I find this to be more than mildly disturbing. It turns the project into nothing more than a free ride for the hardware vendors- they get drivers that they would have to do themselves (which they wouldn't have- they only have budget for Windows) and reap the benefits of the free labor.
Again, what do I do? Do I put the gory details of this up on Advogato, LinuxToday, or Slashdot? I don't know for sure- my gut level instincts is to let someone know all of the goings on for what they are; but I don't want to start another stupid flame-fest like the recent blowups with the GNOME and KDE teams.