Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 30th Dec 2007 19:56 UTC, submitted by anonymous
AMD "AMD is on the heels of releasing the next set of GPU programming documentation to aide in the development of the open-source R500/600 drivers (xf86-video-ati and xf86-video-radeonhd). It's already been discussed what this NDA-free documentation release will have, but one of the questions that have repeatedly come up is if/when AMD will release information on accelerated video playback. AMD's John Bridgman has now stated what they plan to release in the video realm as well as a new requirement for their future graphics processors: being open-source friendly while avoiding DRM."
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RE[2]: Maybe OGP made them think.
by daschmidty on Mon 31st Dec 2007 16:50 UTC in reply to "RE: Maybe OGP made them think."
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I would say this could definitely be a pr move, and they need it more then ever. While the radeon 3870 looks to be a great card at a much lower price then the 8800, the Phenom release was an utter bust, and intel has a whole new wave of chips waiting to strike. At any rate, intel has contributed alot to the open source community, and not only graphics drivers. If you have an intel mobo, the intel site also has sound drivers and some other chipset goodies for linux. Also the have applications like PowerTop and the website to help linux users maximize battery life on laptops. Additionally the OLPC is questionably a contribution from AMD to the open source world. AMD did not develop the Geode, they bought it from National Semiconductor who had basically given up on it for dead, and AMD made out of the deal by getting it in the OLPC. At any rate, with AMD looking to be hurting in the CPU wars in the near future, the ATI branch is what really needs to shine to keep the company afloat. Thus we are seeing a wave a new hardware that is going to compete on par with Nvidia's best at most likely a lower price and an outreach by AMD/ATI to users they have alienated in the past a.k.a. Linux users. Hopefully they find a way to skirt the DRM and can win back the Linux fanbase, who are a big deal. Linux users are not a large group(relatively speaking) but are passionate and VERY VERY vocal, and getting their support means tons of good pr on the web. Best of luck to ATI on this one.

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