Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 1st Feb 2008 10:44 UTC, submitted by Michael Larabel
Intel At the Linux.Conf.Au conference today, Intel has announced NDA-free programming documentation covering the 965 Express and G35 Express IGPs. Intel's display driver has long been open-source, but up until now, they have not been releasing the programming documentation for these products to the public. This move comes months after AMD announced their new open-source strategy and began releasing register documentation on their R500 and R600 GPUs. These newly released documents by Intel even cover 3D and video programming for their IGPs.
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RE[2]: NVIDIA
by elsewhere on Fri 1st Feb 2008 15:37 UTC in reply to "RE: NVIDIA"
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Binary drivers for Linux (and other *NIX) was ok, but ATI and Intel have raised the bar, its about time that Nvidia raised the bar further and not only make their specifications and code open, but actually dedicate programming resources to work with the opensource community.


Remember though that the primary reason that the *nix community already enjoys the level of support from nVidia that they do, is because of the commercial customers running graphics apps on *nix workstations using high-end nVidia adapters. These customers are not clamoring for open drivers or threatening to switch vendors. Intel is a far ways away from this space, and even ATI would appear to be more focused on the consumer/gaming market than the high end computer graphics market.

That, and the fact that their universal driver model makes implementation on alternative platforms easier to manage.

nVidia supports the OSS-desktop community as far as their respective objectives intersect. It struck me that nVidia has frequently downplayed or pushed away driver problems related to compiz, for instance, yet when a compositing issue with the driver was discovered during the kwin/KDE4 development process, they released an updated driver fairly quickly.

My personal preference would be to have a more open and accessible nvidia driver, even if alongside the proprietary one. But my pragmatic side is fine with the current situation, and I'm quite happy to have a well supported adapter with KDE4 compositing goodness on my desktop.

The simple fact is that aside from frequent cries from the blogosphere, nVidia does not yet have a business reason to change their model. ATI and Intel, on the other hand, aren't in the same position. Until their level of performance and compatibility matches nVidia's then nVidia will not change their stance.

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