Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Jun 2007 20:02 UTC, submitted by Michael
AMD "Last week we had published The Truth About ATI/AMD & Linux, and to no real surprise, the feedback ranged from beliefs that it was propaganda to others being grateful that AMD finally shared some additional information with their Linux customers about the fglrx development cycle. While the article was far from being propaganda, what had outraged a number of open-source developers were AMD's comments on the R200 support or there the lack of. In this article, we have a few additional comments to share along with what some open-source developers had to say about AMD's information."
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RE[2]: no surprises
by makc on Sat 9th Jun 2007 18:05 UTC in reply to "RE: no surprises"
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> but the Core2 chip itself actually compiles those instructions in microcode to a RISC-like set of operations which it then runs on the hardware.

Which is a 'dirty' trick to maintain backwards compatibility, just it's quite fast as it's in hw.

Still, the same may happen with new DX10 compliant cards. The API between DX and drivers is precise and compelling. 'Public', somehow.
And it's not unreasonable that vendors might decide to implement it in hw, plus something else eventually.

Eventually the specs will open, driven by the emerging middleware for GPGPU market. Still this will happen, IMHO, after the yet-to-start-for-real market will have settled a bit - or to give an end to the battles.

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