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osOpinion: The End of 3dfx?

Nov 21, 2000, 08:45 (10 Talkback[s])
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"Now I have to share my joy with everybody regarding the news that 3dfx intends to discontinue their accelerator boards, and instead focus on the chips used to make those boards."

"I had complained that 3dfx offered only lip service to their customers who used Linux; their work on drivers had been deleterious to accelerated gaming on Linux on the whole, and Nvidia (who entered the race after 3dfx) had already far overtaken the company. This was done not only in the quality of drivers they produced, but also in ease of installation. I had (quite rightly) condemned 3dfx for their lack of initiative."

"Placing your software under the GPL or any other Open Source License does not an open source community create. If you aren't genuinely interested in producing the very best software, no respectable driver hacker is going to fill in for your shortcomings. It seems to me the height of hubris to assume that people are going to volunteer to make your company successful while you sit in your executive chair enjoying the royalties gathering from a pool of unwitting dupes doing your company's dirty work."

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