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Duke of URL: Linux Buyer's Guide #6

Nov 01, 2000, 20:16 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patrick Mullen)

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"Lately we've been seeing faster and faster components emerge, but very little happening in "new" technology. This may not be seen as a good thing, but it does help the Linux community catch up. Lately, have they ever caught up. It's getting harder and harder to find hardware that won't work on Linux. Granted, it's still out there. Many Winmodems are non-functional (although some are), and you have companies like 3dfx and ATI lagging behind badly, allowing companies like NVidia to take a commanding charge and take a hold of a market they once had eating out of their hands."

"3dfx really had the Linux community with their excellent drivers on XFree86 3.3.6, but since the release of XFree86 4.0, the rules have certainly changed. The Linux community is also experiencing many open-minded Windows users venture into the realm of Linux to see what all the hype is about. This is one of the things that has allowed NVidia to truly flourish under Linux. For example, Windows users certainly don't care about whether their drivers are open source, since they've been dealing with closed-source the entire time in Windows."

"Another company working with a similar license structure is Matrox. Matrox utilizes Macrovision's technology in their dual-head cards, and therefore must keep their drivers closed-source. This makes 3dfx one of the few companies truly committed to keeping their drivers open source (but in an annoying RPM format), mainly because of the fact that Precision Insight (but apparently PI is doing work with ATI and Matrox now, too) is helping them write a large sum of their code-one company that has constantly stood behind open source."

Complete Story [ Note that the intro. page is titled "A Look at Licensing" - LT ed. ]

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