Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th Sep 2007 20:16 UTC, submitted by Michael
AMD AMD started delivering on their word of providing GPU specifications to the open-source community without a Non-Disclosure Agreement, and now with the 2007 X Developer Summit having come to a close, we asked several key members of the X.Org community on how they judge AMD's recent move. They were also asked if they believe NVIDIA will follow suit in helping the open-source community. Those that responded were David Airlie, Daniel Stone, Jerome Glisse, Stephane Marchesin, and Oliver McFadden. Mark Shuttleworth had also previously commented on AMD's efforts.
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RE: Re: Nvidia
by Crono on Sat 15th Sep 2007 22:44 UTC in reply to "Re: Nvidia"
Crono
Member since:
2006-11-08

My choice, I'm sticking with Nvidia who not only makes great cards but has supported Linux for a long time.


I'm not that sure. If the drivers are actually working and support 3D out of the box (because included in Xorg) in a year or two I'd definately get an ATI card next time.
Of course do the NVidia drivers work most of the time. But I had some trouble using their recent drivers because I'm using Debian Etch (maybe the kernel or Xorg is too old for the recent versions?) and so I need to use the legacy drivers.

The drivers CAN work, but they don't have to. If they're completely integrated into Xorg the support would probably far better AND you don't have to worry that much about the kernel or which Xorg-version you're running.

Maybe ATI is planning to sell more of their cards by integrating 3D drivers into Xorg so that vendors selling Linux-based systems (Dell i.e.) will use their cards?

Well, we'll see how it will work out.

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RE[2]: Re: Nvidia
by smitty on Sat 15th Sep 2007 23:16 in reply to "RE: Re: Nvidia"
smitty Member since:
2005-10-13

Maybe ATI is planning to sell more of their cards by integrating 3D drivers into Xorg so that vendors selling Linux-based systems (Dell i.e.) will use their cards?

I think it's more than just their video cards. Right now, if you are Dell or another OEM the obvious system to provide with Linux is an Intel MB + Intel CPU + Intel integrated graphics. Then you offer an NV card as an upgrade. This not only allows AMD to be another upgrade option, it also makes using and AMD MB/CPU reasonable as well. Looking into 2009, AMD will be coming out with Fusion and will likely need to give out at least some of the specs to it in order to gain traction in the cpu market and I think this may be preparation for it.

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RE[3]: Re: Nvidia
by Kokopelli on Sat 15th Sep 2007 23:47 in reply to "RE[2]: Re: Nvidia"
Kokopelli Member since:
2005-07-06

[q]"Looking into 2009, AMD will be coming out with Fusion and will likely need to give out at least some of the specs to it in order to gain traction in the cpu market and I think this may be preparation for it."[q]

That is basically what David Airlie was attributed as saying in the article


So the reason AMD started an open source GPU strategy was purely due to 2 things:

1.) Lost CPU sales due to lack of open source GPU support at an OEM level.
2.) Future CPU/GPU combination projects would require opening info on the GPU portion to allow uptake.


EDIT: Too slow.

Edited 2007-09-15 23:48

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