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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I could say the same for my crossfire 3870 setup. It works perfectly fine with the fglrx drivers. Actually, it seems to work significantly better with regard to 2d performance than the various nvidia cards I've had.

Why did I choose ATI instead of nvidia after nearly 7 years of solely being an nvidia customer?

* They opened their hardware documentation.
* They are committed to improving their drivers. They are *much* better than the ones I used when they first released their fglrx driver. Just as good as the nvidia driver if not better.
* My purchase will never be dropped now. Even if fglrx drops support after a certain version as nvidia has done, the open source version will continue to have bug fixes and (hopefully!) features added since the documentation is out there and available.

Documentation on how the hardware operates is the key thing here. If nvidia did what ATI does with regard to documentation I would see no problem. They refuse claiming IP... yet Intel and ATI managed to do so no problemo.

I see nvidia becoming that giant slow to adapt corporate world. Its not just a sign of a company that doesn't care to help support their products forever with documentation, it shows a company that is unwilling to be open minded and flexible. AMD and Intel, I congratulate you on being more admirable companies in this regard. Hardware shouldn't be making money on driver implementations, they should be making money on *hardware* implementations.

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