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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Great news.
by gilboa on Wed 12th Sep 2007 15:32 UTC
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If AMD delivers the required specs and does its best to help the developers deliver stable open drivers, I'll (slowly) replace all the graphics cards on all my workstations (~10 of them) to AMD.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not an FSF zealot - I truly appreciate nVidia's work on getting a good stable driver for Linux/BSD/Solaris. But never the less, being closed source *, nVidia simply cannot use the community to solve long lasting deficiencies/problems. (Xen support under Linux/Solaris; 64bit FreeBSD support ,etc)

- Gilboa
* In nVidia's defense, their XFree 3.x drivers were open; but C&D letters from Intel and Microsoft forced them to close the driver. (Sadly enough Novel removed one of the links... But I did find the second one)

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