Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Sep 2007 20:24 UTC, submitted by hechacker1
AMD "This morning at the X Developer Summit in the United Kingdom, Matthew Tippett and John Bridgman of AMD have announced that they will be releasing their ATI GPU specifications without any Non-Disclosure Agreements needed by the developers! In other words, their GPU specifications will be given to developers in the open. Therefore you shouldn't need to worry about another R200 incident taking place. The 2D specifications will be released very soon and the 3D ones will follow shortly."
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This should be interesting
by HeLfReZ on Mon 10th Sep 2007 20:51 UTC
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2005-08-12

If they live up to their claims, this could be a very pointed turn of events for linux/3d. If they open everything up, it should pave the way to getting some good 3d accell into the kernel or at least a nice xorg driver. nVidia has always been the way to go, but AMD could seriously mix that up.

Even for OEMS like Dell who are shipping liunx, inclusion of drivers would mean they would probably default to recommending AMD cards/chipsets in linux based boxes.

If this pans out, I for one will be very anxious to swap out my nvidia board for a new AMD board, so I won't be buying another card until I see what direction this is going in.

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RE: This should be interesting
by abraxas on Tue 11th Sep 2007 10:11 in reply to "This should be interesting"
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2005-07-07

Even for OEMS like Dell who are shipping liunx, inclusion of drivers would mean they would probably default to recommending AMD cards/chipsets in linux based boxes.

I'm not so sure of that. Intel by far has the most Linux support of any hardware vendor. From graphics cards to wireless cards to sound cards. Once AMD has their own sound and wireless chipsets that are fully open source supported then maybe they'll be recommended as much as Intel based computers.

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