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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We're Losing Perspective
by WarpKat on Mon 17th Sep 2007 17:11 UTC
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It doesn't matter anymore whether or not ATI or Nvidia are better in respects to the Linux driver compatibility.

What matters now is this: AMD has released what ATI couldn't do on its own and gave it up without requiring an NDA. This, in itself, is a significant step forward in the development of an open GPU driver compatible with Linux, BSD, or any other *nix.

All in all, it doesn't matter why they did it - the deed is done. The OSS developers have specs.

I think the best thing to do now is to wait and see what kind of driver comes out of this turn of events. This will be the REAL thing to watch and compla...ermmm...argu...ermmm...comment on...


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