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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I strongly advise that you check-out 6.7.193 which I suspect will be the delayed stable release of the open-source ati driver, as it is a lot more feature complete, without the hassle of the binary drivers.

I've heard the 9600 chips are known to have issues; wish I'd read that before my last GPU upgrade. I will watch the ATI developments with interest though as I do still like the hardware if only out of habbit. I hadn't even considered an nVidia until I read a detailed writeup on teh 8800 architecture. There, skining arrays alone blew my mind.

I'm just as happy to go Hauppage/ATI if the hardware proves the decision since brand loyalty is rarely a good basis for technical comparisons. In all honest, has ATI an achitectural equivalent of the nVidia 8800 designs yet?

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I'm afraid if your talking about cutting edge graphics card technology. I'm the last one to talk to. Cutting edge graphics is an area that is both cripplingly expensive, with little application support on *any* platform.

To be fair I'd rather put my money into the CPU rather than a GPU, esp considering the price of quad-core at the moment. To be fair hardware itself is in a bit of a flux right now.

I say that but some killer application might come along to change that.

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