Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 1st Jun 2007 15:05 UTC, submitted by Michael
AMD "Last year when AMD announced their acquisition of ATI it led many to wonder how this would impact the quality of their Linux support and driver. Some had even speculated that AMD would be opening the code to at least a subset of their graphics drivers, and while this issue has come up again more recently, we will cover this particular topic in a different article. In this article we will be exposing what truly consists of the ATI/AMD driver development cycle and ultimately what they are really doing to improve their image in the Linux community."
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my take
by Zedicus on Fri 1st Jun 2007 19:08 UTC
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PS3 uses nvidia video, unfortunatly.

as a pc technician for the last few years ive found that i personaly prefer ati video cards. not always the fastest. always good price/performance and always stable. ati has had some less then steller linux drivers in the past but personally the times ive tried an nvidia driver in linux its sucked just as bad or worse. not to mention with the hard core release schudule ati has stuck to the linux driver is improving by leaps and bounds, where as the nvidia driver kinda stragles along.

and i agree ati should open the protocols for the hardware, which they did on some older hardware, but nvidia hasnt even done that, nvidia provides no support for third party open source drivers. i could ratle on for days but i will stop before my blood presure goes up.

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RE: my take
by PJBonoVox on Fri 1st Jun 2007 20:35 in reply to "my take"
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"and i agree ati should open the protocols for the hardware"

No they "shouldn't". It's entirely their decision and this is just to appease <5% of their target audience. Why bother? They never asked you to use Linux.

Edited 2007-06-01 20:36

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RE[2]: my take
by cyclops on Fri 1st Jun 2007 20:55 in reply to "RE: my take"
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No they "shouldn't". It's entirely their decision and this is just to appease <5% of their target audience. Why bother? They never asked you to use Linux.

"No they shouldn't" and "It's their decision" contradict each other. Linux might be a small community but it is a vocal one. Intel is getting a lot of good press regarding their own relatively weak driver. Linux users are a large proportion of the technical community...those people who people ask advise and make purchasing choices for large companies and friends alike.

Even if it is their choice how they use their code. It does not distract that particularly for drivers, that there advantages from doing so. Stability; Compatibility; Security; Free Advertising etc etc.

Linux is not an OS that is updated every 5+ years like Microsoft. X is updated every 6 months and Linux every 3 months.

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RE[2]: my take
by smitty on Fri 1st Jun 2007 20:58 in reply to "RE: my take"
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They never asked you to use Linux.

WTF? No, but they did ask me to buy their hardware...

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RE: my take
by prammy on Sat 2nd Jun 2007 13:05 in reply to "my take"
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I know of more people who have had issues with their ATI driver than nvidia (Both Windows and Linux) but especially Linux. I myself have had a few ATI cards in the past, and they all sucked except for the 9800 Pro under Windows.

I have also had machines with nvidia cards and except for _one_ card they have all performed like champs under both Linux AND Windows.

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