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Old 09-06-07, 07:38 AM   #1
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Old 09-06-07, 08:57 AM   #2
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I've only bought nvidia-cards since the tnt2 was released. Looks like my next one will be from ATI.

Best news i've had all year
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Old 09-06-07, 12:01 PM   #3
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Excellent! Two of the top three video vendors (Intel and AMD/ATI) are now open source. It's good to have competition in the market.
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Old 09-06-07, 01:51 PM   #4
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Default Re: AMD to open up graphics specs

Are they really going to open all specs? Or are there some aditional tricks I didn't understand?
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Old 09-06-07, 02:07 PM   #5
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No tricks. From here (note Christopher Blizzard is a software developer at Red Hat):

OK, to the meat of the story. AMD is making the commitment to do two major things:

* To develop of a fully functional 2D and 3D driver that supports all of their newer radeon chipsets. This will be done in full collaboration with the open source community and will have the direct participation of hackers from companies like Red Hat and Novell.
* To release documentation that anyone can use to build and support drivers for their chips.
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Old 09-06-07, 02:28 PM   #6
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I haven't had an ATI card for years, but huge Kudos to AMD for this.
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Old 09-06-07, 02:44 PM   #7
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OK, this is hitting the press big time.
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Old 09-06-07, 03:12 PM   #8
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Clearly ATI/AMD users will benefit a lot from this. Maybe I should swap off dust from my radeon and put it into second computer (instead gf2mx) .
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Old 09-06-07, 03:21 PM   #9
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AMD has officially conformed this see:

http://www.linux.com/feature/119049

It appears that the first version of the open source driver will be released in about a week but will be 2D only at that point. I would expect it to be 3 to 6 months before the open driver has OK 3D.

It appears that the most recent closed driver from AMD is a big improvement over older versions as well. So on every front this is good news for X11 users.
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Old 09-06-07, 07:23 PM   #10
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I am not terribly interested in this for linux sake (I don't use linux as a desktop OS) but it would be interesting to see where this could go on windows as well.

The main beef I have with ATI is that their drivers just suck royal balls. If third party drivers can be interesting enough, or if they open source their windows drivers, that could change things.
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Old 09-06-07, 07:31 PM   #11
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Absolutely correct, AlphaWolf_HK. Open source does not mean Linux. By opening the specification for 2D/3D driver development, everyone benefits. Windows XP/Vista, Mac OS X, *BSD and Linux will all benefit from open source ATI drivers, making ATI that much more attractive.
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Old 09-07-07, 01:25 AM   #12
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I see your point, but let me ask a stupid question: are intel windows drivers opensource?

Personnally instead of switching to ATi, I just wish nVidia would at least release some specs to nouveau...
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