Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 13th May 2007 14:21 UTC, submitted by John Mills
AMD AMD will soon deliver open graphics drivers, said Henri Richard just a few minutes ago, and the audience at the opening keynote of the Red Hat Summit broke into applause and cheers. Richard, AMD's executive vice president of sales and marketing, promised: "I'm here to commit to you that it's going to get done." He also promised that AMD is "going to be very proactive in changing way we interface with the Linux community".
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Oh, I don't know...But I hope so.
by Aussie_Bear on Mon 14th May 2007 19:43 UTC
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While this sounds like great news, many (including me) aren't too sure how to interpret what AMD is really saying.

Mainly because the announcement is made by a "Sales and Marketing" guy. Geeks don't have much faith or trust in those folks. So I can see why some people are skeptical of this announcement.

But then, we can't make early assumptions about their announcements with past history. Back then that was ATI. They're now owned by AMD. So what's AMD like with opensource? Track record? Good? Bad? Have they always delivered what they announce? (Even if delayed, etc?)

On the other hand, could AMD be reacting to Intel's recent announcement?

Linux: 965GM Express Chipset Drivers
http://kerneltrap.org/node/8185

Either way, I really do hope they do open things up. I guess time will tell.

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