Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Jun 2007 20:02 UTC, submitted by Michael
AMD "Last week we had published The Truth About ATI/AMD & Linux, and to no real surprise, the feedback ranged from beliefs that it was propaganda to others being grateful that AMD finally shared some additional information with their Linux customers about the fglrx development cycle. While the article was far from being propaganda, what had outraged a number of open-source developers were AMD's comments on the R200 support or there the lack of. In this article, we have a few additional comments to share along with what some open-source developers had to say about AMD's information."
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no surprises
by lazywally on Fri 8th Jun 2007 22:00 UTC
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Original R200 specs from ATI were provided to only a few people, under NDA, and were quite incomplete. I didn't know that, but it really shouldn't... and doesn't... surprise me.

Same feeling here.

I think companies like ATI and nVidia will always keep the drivers for the high end cards closed. Not because they are "bad" people or because the code is poorly written or they just love their drivers; but because releasing source code gives away all the hardware details which is suicide in the market.

Those who use Linux for graphically demanding applications will have to make do with binary blobs.

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