Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th May 2007 18:17 UTC, submitted by diegocg
Intel "The Intel 965GM Express Chipset represents the first mobile product that implements fourth generation Intel graphics architecture. Designed to support advanced rendering features in modern graphics APIs, this chipset includes support for programmable vertex, geometry, and fragment shaders. Extending Intel's commitment to work with the and Mesa communities to continuously improve and enhance the drivers, support for this new chipset is provided through the 2.0 Intel driver and the Mesa 6.5.3 releases. These drivers represent significant work by both Intel and the broader open source community."
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The reason that I think an open NVidia or ATI graphics driver will be hard is because the interface between one of the fast chips and the software that runs them appears to be complicated, non-obvious, and messy.

And it's something that a number of OSS developers have been able to figure out for the r300/r400 ATI cards simply through reverse engineering (and that others are working on for nvidia cards through reverse engineering). Imagine how much more they'd be able to accomplish with specs or source code to already fully functional drivers.

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