Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Sep 2007 20:24 UTC, submitted by hechacker1
AMD "This morning at the X Developer Summit in the United Kingdom, Matthew Tippett and John Bridgman of AMD have announced that they will be releasing their ATI GPU specifications without any Non-Disclosure Agreements needed by the developers! In other words, their GPU specifications will be given to developers in the open. Therefore you shouldn't need to worry about another R200 incident taking place. The 2D specifications will be released very soon and the 3D ones will follow shortly."
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Guarded optimism
by tux68 on Tue 11th Sep 2007 07:34 UTC
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This is really quite stellar news; it seemed like a pipe dream not so long ago.

The earlier announcement about cooperation with Novell was rather unappealing in that it sounded as if the binary driver was still going to play an important role, and access to information was going to be guarded by NDA. All in all, it didn't sound like much to get excited about. However this new announcement has the potential to change the FOSS landscape dramatically.

All that remains is for AMD to follow through; and chances are they will do just that. Okay there will still be a lot of hard work for developers to create usable drivers. But at least they won't be crippled by lack of proper information.

If this all comes together without a fuss, AMD/ATI will get a lot of praise and some business from me. But I won't forget Intel for being there first.

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