Linked by Adam S on Sat 25th Jun 2005 19:56 UTC, submitted by Diego Calleja
X11, Window Managers A new acceleration architecture is being ported from kdrive by some QT developers, which will make composition managers like xcompmgr really fast and able to do some of the "display tricks" MacOS X has been doing for awhile.
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On drivers
by Anonymous on Sun 26th Jun 2005 18:38 UTC

You could ignore my ati/nvidia comment but i was only telling pure fact. IIRC NVidia stated that they didn't want to disclose source of their driver because they use third party technology and haven't right on this stuff. If they didn't want to release source for some strange third party tech OK, but they can at least give specifications.

You can believe conspiracy theories or you can actually listen to the reasons these companies and their engineers give for being unable to open source their drivers or release detailed specs (and you really only touch on minor aspects here, hinting that you don't actually understand the problems at all - the number one reason that dwarfs all others is patent liability). This has been hashed out to death elsewhere, so please feel free to make use of Google. There's no reason to have this conversation a billionth time; if you're interested in the sordid details the truth is out there.

Not that I think this is a good thing - obviously open drivers are better from both a technical and development standpoint, and if it's important to you, I'm glad we have alternatives and you should buy them exclusively. But putting our fingers in our ears and pretending that these companies are just being "difficult" for no good reason is just silly and brings us no closer to a real solution.