Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Sep 2007 17:24 UTC, submitted by Rahul
AMD writes: "A quick report from the kernel summit: AMD's representative at the summit has announced that the company has made a decision to enable the development of open source drivers for all of its (ATI) graphics processors from the R500 going forward. There will be specifications available and a skeleton driver as well; a free 2D driver is anticipated by the end of the year. The rest will have to be written; freeing of the existing binary-only driver is not in the cards, and 'that is better for everybody'. Things are looking good on this front. More in the kernel summit report to come."
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RE: I'm hoping
by budword on Thu 6th Sep 2007 11:44 UTC in reply to "I'm hoping"
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Gamers spend the most per person on a GPU. They are either geeks or get advice from geeks on what to buy. Real geeks will advise an ATI GPU, where previously they almost always advised an NVIDIA GPU. (Just my experience, yours may have been different.) I've bought 3 top of the line GPU's in the last year and a half or so, and will be buying ATI stuff in the future, as long as they come through for open source.

It won't matter much at first, but over time it will matter more and more, and lets face it, when your in second place, even a 2% or 3% change in market share is a huge difference.

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