"Here's to unflattening the laps of Linux lovers everywhere.
Denver-based Xi Graphics has released graphic support for Linux
that it claims is the first to bring 3D capability to the laptop.
The company "has extended its OpenGL [Open Graphics Language]
compliant 3D Linux Graphics Drivers (LGDs) product line to include
new laptop models that have 3D-capable graphics hardware," Xi
said in a recent release."
"The company announced the availability of 3D graphics hardware
drivers for Linux desktops in January. The initial laptop driver
release includes three models from two manufacturers: the Toshiba
Tecra 8100, the Toshiba Satellite Pro 4260 and the IBM ThinkPad
A20p, the release said."
"This is the first 3D support for laptops running Linux to our
knowledge," said Lee Roder, Xi Graphics' sales manager. "Recent
advances in graphics hardware, video memory and CPU speed mean that
some laptops are now rivaling desktop performance. In particular,
the LGD for the IBM ThinkPad A20p with 700 MHz speed and the ATI
Rage Mobility 128 graphics chip with 16 MB of RAM is really
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