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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This is the point of Free Software
by npang on Mon 17th Sep 2007 12:24 UTC
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With free software, we (the user) are not subject to whims the writer or distributor of the software. Without the right to study the code, we are forced to accept whatever the vendor chooses to support; that is assuming that they are willing to support us at all.

With the non-free drivers released by ATI, we suffered from all sorts of problems relating to non-free software subjugation. We had to accept that we are not to use the card's full capabilities for a non-supported (read niche or outdated) operating system. We had to accept that they no longer wanted to support our outdated and older ATI cards. We had to accept that they don't want to support any of the other technologies that we wanted to use (tv out or hardware accelerated video decoding). We had to accept release after release of horrendously unstable drivers. For a number of years, we were pretty helpless to help ourselves improve our own situations.

Now they have released part of what we need with the rest of the information being pledged. We will no longer have to be helpless; we will have the ability to help ourselves; we will have the right to help others. AMD/ATI are finally giving us the respect we deserve after we have purchased their hardware. Such acts of respect deserve honour. Buy AMD/ATI/Intel for they all respect your right to control your own computer hardware.

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