Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Feb 2006 22:15 UTC, submitted by Kombatant
3D News, GL, DirectX "ATI's R5xx line was first released back in October 2005. The initial launch covered the X1800 and X1300 series, with the X1600 series following suit in November. Last month we saw the release of the new X1900 series too. Now, let me count the months from October to February; it is 5 months, right? Well, believe it or not, that's the number of months the new X1000 series is out in the market without Linux support. If you are unfortunate enough to own such a card, all you have is Matthew Tippett's statement in Phoronix."
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RE[3]: Binary compatibility
by umccullough on Thu 23rd Feb 2006 17:19 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Binary compatibility"
umccullough
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2006-01-26

Second, you look like a bit ignorant on the subject. I never said we need cross platform compatibility. I'm talking about kernel and gcc revisions requiring people to rebuild their stuff against them too often.

You're right, I am a bit ignorant on the subject. For that, I apologize (and I'm sorry I called you a troll)

I suppose I am part of the "open your specs please" crowd. I somewhat despise Linux, but I love alternative OSes (like Haiku, SkyOS, etc.)...

I personally don't see how a binary linux driver helps any of these other OSes at all, so therefore I didn't see how a complaint about binary-compatibility on Linux was going to help any of my causes whatsoever.

In any case, I guess it is definitely unfortunate that changes to GCC and Linux have caused older drivers to be useless - but this same thing can happen with any OS just as easily - so having hardware manufacturers produce all the software for their hardware seems ridiculous to me.

I do not expect ATI/nVidia to open their specs, but I would love to see them do it as many of the others here have stated. I actually would jump at the opportunity to buy an open-spec 3d card similar to what the Open Graphics Project is proposing... I just don't think it's going to happen any time soon. In the meantime, my integrated Intel graphics will probably suffice as I won't be playing any newer hard-core 3d games anyway.

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