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: David Airlie
by tyrione on Sun 16th Sep 2007 05:11 UTC in reply to "David Airlie"
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They didn't do this due to a community backlash, or boycott, or any member of Linux community persuading them it would be a good idea (I keep hearing oh Chris DiBona made them do it, he didn't.) [Google & Open-Source ATI/NVIDIA Drivers]

I recall making this clear at the initial announcement. I'll reiterate:

If you think whining from an Internet News site convinces a multi-billion dollar corporation into doing what we want them to do versus pragmatically needing to do it in order to remain competitive then you've never worked at such a corporation and been in meetings involving such decisions.

Be thankful that corporations like DELL, Lenova and others want to pre-load Linux. AMD wants that business which can become in the billions.

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