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Jul 23, 2006, 08:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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..."

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