Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 13th May 2007 14:21 UTC, submitted by John Mills
AMD AMD will soon deliver open graphics drivers, said Henri Richard just a few minutes ago, and the audience at the opening keynote of the Red Hat Summit broke into applause and cheers. Richard, AMD's executive vice president of sales and marketing, promised: "I'm here to commit to you that it's going to get done." He also promised that AMD is "going to be very proactive in changing way we interface with the Linux community".
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3D or 2D-only?
by eikehein on Sun 13th May 2007 14:53 UTC
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2005-10-19

"Proprietary, patented optimizations are part of the value we provide to our customers and we have no plans to release these drivers to open source," the company said in a statement. "In addition, multimedia elements such as content protection must not, by their very nature, be allowed to go open source."

That was ATI last August: http://news.com.com/8301-10784_3-6104655-7.html

In line with those statements, I'd be concerned whether they're going to open up their codebase beyond basic 2D support.

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RE: 3D or 2D-only?
by Jezza on Sun 13th May 2007 15:23 in reply to "3D or 2D-only?"
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2005-10-13

Well, provided I get some support at all for my 9600xt, I will be happy. And here was me thinking my next system would either have to be underpowered Intel or overpriced nVidia grahpics... This is good news, regardless of what they give us, it is better than the nothing we currently have!!

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RE[2]: 3D or 2D-only?
by Googol on Sun 13th May 2007 15:26 in reply to "RE: 3D or 2D-only?"
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2006-11-24

And what made you think you would get nVidia? They are as closed as Ati's right now.

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RE: 3D or 2D-only?
by NxStY on Sun 13th May 2007 16:11 in reply to "3D or 2D-only?"
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2005-11-12

"Proprietary, patented optimizations are part of the value we provide to our customers and we have no plans to release these drivers to open source," the company said in a statement. "In addition, multimedia elements such as content protection must not, by their very nature, be allowed to go open source."

That was ATI last August: http://news.com.com/8301-10784_3-6104655-7.html

In line with those statements, I'd be concerned whether they're going to open up their codebase beyond basic 2D support.


I'd say that's mostly lame excuses for not wanting to cooperate. Patents are open docs anyway so they aren't revealing any secrets by releasing the source.

And the DRM stuff is a non issue as nobody wants it.

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RE[2]: 3D or 2D-only?
by Bit_Rapist on Sun 13th May 2007 19:48 in reply to "RE: 3D or 2D-only?"
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2005-11-13

I'd say that's mostly lame excuses for not wanting to cooperate. Patents are open docs anyway so they aren't revealing any secrets by releasing the source.

And the DRM stuff is a non issue as nobody wants it.


The patents may be published but opening the source brings up the question of how they want to handle licensing the IP that the patent represents.

Just because a patent is open for others to see dosen't mean its a free ticket to use that patent.

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