Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Jun 2008 09:49 UTC
3D News, GL, DirectX Yesterday, we reported on the statement several kernel developers had signed that urged hardware manufacturers to open up their Linux modules and drivers. "We, the undersigned Linux kernel developers, consider any closed-source Linux kernel module or driver to be harmful and undesirable," the statement read. Nvidia, which delivers probably the most prominent closed-source Linux driver, has reiterated its position concerning this matter.
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This is something that is unlikely to happen with open source drivers ( just look at the old ATI 7500 cards .. their 3D support is excellent out of the box

Very true. I have owned several older Radeons and still own a Radeon 9100 and they all are very, very well supported with the open-source drivers. Of course, the development has been slow because they've had to reverse engineer everything and then reinvent the wheel. Still, they work great, out-of-the-box, and even an old 7500 can run Compiz effects and such just peachy with the OSS drivers.

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