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[3]: NVIDIA
by kaiwai on Fri 1st Feb 2008 17:25 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: NVIDIA"
kaiwai
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The issue I have with binary drivers is this; look at the Nvidia drivers and the dropping of support - the reluctance to still spend resources optimising drivers for older hardware. The attitude that once they've stopped selling the hardware, there is no point to supporting it adequately any more. ATI went down the same garden path.

If the drivers are open along with all the specifications, I as a customer atleast know that in 2-3 years time, long after they stopped making those graphics cards, I know there will still be programmers dedicating hours fixing bugs, improving performance and addressing issues - long after which most commercial companies would have thrown in the towel.

That is ultimately the underlying issue (and what pushed the creation of FSF) - the customer at the mercy of a company who quite frankly will cut support when it is no longer convenient for them to support the hardware. You are the mercy on whether they the customer can be stuffed supporting it - what about your right as a consumer to be able to continue running the hardware? why should I as a customer be forced into a situation where I am told, "you hardware is no longer supported - get with the programme and upgrade!"

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