NewsForge: On the Horizon: An Open Graphics Card
Jul 23, 2006, 08:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)
"Closed source drivers for video cards have been a vexing
problem for free software enthusiasts for some time. Open source
drivers for most video cards exist, but fail to take full advantage
of the cards' ability, leaving users with a choice between free and
high performance. The good news is that the Open Graphics Project
(OGP) is making progress toward a completely open video card. The
bad news is that it will still be a while before free software
enthusiasts will be able to use a completely open video card.
"The OGP begin in 2004, when Tim Miller announced the project to
create an open source-friendly card on the Linux kernel mailing
list (LKML). Miller was employed by Tech Source at the time, and
had some backing from the company for the project..."