Linked by Oscar Boykin on Wed 25th Feb 2004 08:59 UTC
X11, Window Managers For the past year, there has been a slow and steady stream of news events regarding XFree86, X11, or new X server implementations. To those not paying close attention (and even those who are), the meaning of some of these events may not be clear. In this brief article, I attempt to share my impression on what the changes mean for users of free software on the desktop. It appears that XFree86 is in some turmoil, and it may leave some to infer that free desktop systems will suffer.
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OpenGL and Linux.
by cheezwog on Wed 25th Feb 2004 19:41 UTC

What worries me about 3d graphics as part of the desktop is that there are virtually no open source drivers for hardware acclerated 3D.

I think some 3dfx boards and a Matrox card have free drivers, but that's about it.
Therefore, it's a little dangerous moving towards a desktop that will only ever work smoothly as part of a non free system.

I think it's important to have free open source graphics card drivers as I have found propriatory ones to cause endless problems on Linux . ie, I can't build the kernel I want as breaks them, they are unreliable compared to the xfree ones, and they give a time limit to the useful life of your hardware (They will only keep up to date with the Linux kernel for a limited time).

I hope a solution is found, as graphics cards are becoming so complex that even with specs, writing an open source driver is a huge task.