Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Wed 13th May 2009 01:18 UTC
Benchmarks Phoronix, known for their various speed tests and reviews, compared the latest in Ubuntu and what, until recently, used to be the lastest in Mac OS X with 29 different benchmarking tests. Some of the results were rather interesting.
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lemur2
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Having a kernel that forces people to provide open source drivers. Whilst linus tolerates closed source drivers, its a risk creating them. And companies aren't going to pour all their optimisations into open drivers which any other company can just steal the optimisations. Otherwise its like handing over money to the competition.


Assumes that only companies can write optimised software. Not a valid assumption at all. The one and only advantage that companies have in writing software is that companies have access to secret information held by ... companies.

Duh.

OK, so ATI have been good enough to release documentation recently, and even some code and a programming guide.

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=amd_r600_700_gui...
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=amd_r700_oss_3d&...
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=NzAxNg
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=NzE3Nw


Expect the decent, open-source, 3D drvier for ATI chips to follow within a month or so.

http://wiki.x.org/wiki/radeon
http://wiki.x.org/wiki/radeonhd%3Aexperimental_3D

Clearly not ready yet, but definitely on its way. Enjoy (when ready).

So ATI have released documentation (specifications) of their chips to open source programmers, open source programmers are busily writing an open-source driver for Linux for ATI chips, so that ATI chips will soon become the most powerful graphics chips available with a decent (non-binary-blob) 3D driver for Linux, which will no doubt be supported directly within the kernel, and hence Linux buying public will tend to buy ATI chips.

This is giving money away ... how exactly?

Edited 2009-05-13 02:56 UTC

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