Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 7th Sep 2007 21:03 UTC
AMD The news already got out yesterday, but now it's official: AMD will open the specifications to its graphics chips. "AMD announced on Sept. 7 a major strategic change in open-source graphic processors support. The company announced it would provide open-source information and a development package supporting the ATI RadeonHD 2000 series ATI Radeon X1000 series of graphics processing units on Linux desktops." The new information is that AMD will partner with Novell's SUSE team.
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RE[7]: Hmm.
by kaiwai on Sun 9th Sep 2007 06:58 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Hmm."
kaiwai
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2005-07-06

Ati have repeatedly made unfulfilled promises, and broken them. Its only R500 and above cards, and involves NDA, after a previous NDA has stopped a R500 driver for over a year. Its not a perfect working solution.


Well the thing that needs to be asked is whether the NDA is required because there some nasty hacks which can only be described in code than by documentation.

Even so, I'd also be sceptical not just because of the situation you outlined, but Ati promised to officially support a 2D driver and failed to provide specifications, they promised to provide specifications for previous generation of graphics hardware and failed to provide adequate hardware information.

If their current attempt to 'provide specifications' anything to go by I'm not holding out much hope for the drivers; simply dumping things onto the opensource community and told 'best of luck' isn't how you get success. Netscape tried it with Netscape 5 only to find that the code was so ugly, so terribly written and documented that they had to throw the whole lot out and start again.

I hope that for all those who have bought Ati hardware in the last couple of days, in a hope for better support, aren't let down. Sure, I don't like the idea of using binary drivers, I'll probably go for Intel hardware the next laptop I purchase, but Nvidia does an ok job.

It'll be interesting to see Intels next generation of hardware and how it will stack up against Ati and Nvidia; if it is even 80% of what Nvidia and Ati can do with their proprietary setup, I'd be happy camper purchasing their gear.

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RE[8]: Hmm.
by load_mic on Mon 10th Sep 2007 01:39 in reply to "RE[7]: Hmm."
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2005-12-13


It'll be interesting to see Intels next generation of hardware and how it will stack up against Ati and Nvidia; if it is even 80% of what Nvidia and Ati can do with their proprietary setup, I'd be happy camper purchasing their gear.


It's about time someone brought up Intel!
Lets not discount what they bring to the table, which is quite a bit. http://www.intellinuxgraphics.org/index.htm

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