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 smitty on Sat 15th Sep 2007 22:56 UTC in reply to "Re: Nvidia"
smitty
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2005-10-13

In all honesty Nvidia provides excellent driver support for the Linux community. ... Now ATI has had pathetic Linux driver support, ...

For the x86 Linux community, you mean. It seems like in all the hoopla over the open specs, no one is giving AMD credit for their new binary drivers. I'm not sure they're actually as good as NVidia's or not, but they are certainly competitive and in the same class.

A certain amount of skepticism is to be expected, and is valid given ATI's history, but I certainly hope that it doesn't persist if AMD does pull through. They deserve our support for finally doing the right thing, and in the long run open source 3D drivers are far superior for Linux given the development process and licensing concerns.

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