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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by klimg on Sun 16th Sep 2007 11:33 UTC
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The sis driver is a one man project w/o any support from the manufacturer and pretty much a hit or miss thing depending on the chipset.
Not a good idea to bring that mess up as an example for a great driver (don't mean to put down Winischhofer - he does an excellent job with the resources he got).

ATI is/was a mess for years and had so many shortcomings I don't even care to mention it.

As they get ready to integrate the CPU/GPU for low cost systems and Linux gets some traction in that market they decide to release specs.
Somebody could get the idea that they couldn't get it right for years and now decided to let the xorg folks do their job for free to be ready in time.

Nvidia supported Linux and other OS's for a long time and was out there with an 64 bit driver when Ati was out there with a bunch of promises.
Not being a close relative of RMS I don't see myself switching to ATI anytime soon.

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