Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 16th Nov 2007 19:49 UTC, submitted by Michael Larabel
3D News, GL, DirectX "The leading question most of you are likely wondering is why there hasn't been anymore ATI GPU specifications released in over two months. Well, as we have shared in earlier articles, AMD has had limited staff devoted to sanitizing the documentation and getting it cleared by their legal department for release. However, that is about to change. AMD's John Bridgman has confirmed that they are in the process of hiring new people to do all of the planned documentation and support work that will help the open-source community. Within a couple weeks, these new AMD employees will begin this crusade."
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RE[2]: Wonderful
by lemur2 on Mon 19th Nov 2007 00:38 UTC in reply to "RE: Wonderful"
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2007-02-17

Only when they will have lost sales to AMD which means that first we need a superior free software driver for AMD boards and this will take some time.


Not that long. There is already the start of a 2D driver:
http://ppa.launchpad.net/tormodvolden/ubuntu/pool/main/x/xserver-xo...
(this basically works, but it is still pre-beta).
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=NjE4Ng

There is already a software implementation of 3D:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesa_3D
http://www.mesa3d.org/

There is a new Mesa device driver architecture called Gallium3D being worked on:
http://www.tungstengraphics.com/wiki/index.php/Gallium3D

There is some help coming in terms of support by the Linux kernel:
http://www.osnews.com/comment.php?news_id=18928
http://www.computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;1385306974;fp;2;fpid;2

There is existing 3D open source drivers for earlier ATI chipsets:
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=700&num=1
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RadeonDriver

... and now (with this announcement) ATI are working towards the rlease of 3D specifications for their newer chipsets.

Perhaps by mid-year next year it will all start to come together.

Edited 2007-11-19 00:54

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