Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th Sep 2007 20:16 UTC, submitted by Michael
AMD AMD started delivering on their word of providing GPU specifications to the open-source community without a Non-Disclosure Agreement, and now with the 2007 X Developer Summit having come to a close, we asked several key members of the X.Org community on how they judge AMD's recent move. They were also asked if they believe NVIDIA will follow suit in helping the open-source community. Those that responded were David Airlie, Daniel Stone, Jerome Glisse, Stephane Marchesin, and Oliver McFadden. Mark Shuttleworth had also previously commented on AMD's efforts.
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RE[2]: Re: Nvidia
by smitty on Sat 15th Sep 2007 23:16 UTC in reply to "RE: Re: Nvidia"
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Maybe ATI is planning to sell more of their cards by integrating 3D drivers into Xorg so that vendors selling Linux-based systems (Dell i.e.) will use their cards?

I think it's more than just their video cards. Right now, if you are Dell or another OEM the obvious system to provide with Linux is an Intel MB + Intel CPU + Intel integrated graphics. Then you offer an NV card as an upgrade. This not only allows AMD to be another upgrade option, it also makes using and AMD MB/CPU reasonable as well. Looking into 2009, AMD will be coming out with Fusion and will likely need to give out at least some of the specs to it in order to gain traction in the cpu market and I think this may be preparation for it.

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