Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Jun 2008 09:49 UTC
3D News, GL, DirectX Yesterday, we reported on the statement several kernel developers had signed that urged hardware manufacturers to open up their Linux modules and drivers. "We, the undersigned Linux kernel developers, consider any closed-source Linux kernel module or driver to be harmful and undesirable," the statement read. Nvidia, which delivers probably the most prominent closed-source Linux driver, has reiterated its position concerning this matter.
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RE: don't open source nvidia...
by jabbotts on Wed 25th Jun 2008 15:21 UTC in reply to "don't open source nvidia..."
jabbotts
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2007-09-06

Until AMD baught ATI, the OSS ATI driver was based on reverse engineering. The developers did a heck of a job without any support from the hardware manufacturer. In comparison, the ATI provided closed source driver was shite; no 3D framerate above 20 even aftare archain "adjustments" and every howto I could lay eyes on.

Again, in comparison, the ATI supported OSS drivers for the newer GPU seem to be doing very well.

Why can't ATI release hardaware specs and/or put all that IP crap in the chips behind a generic driver interface?

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