"Over the last year, ATI has shocked observers by not only
taking the video card performance crown from nVidia, but also
keeping it. This trend appears bound to continue for the
foreseeable future with the recently released Radeon 9800 that has
taken much of the spotlight away from nVidia's card intended to
surpass the 9700.
"With that reputation and ATI's recent offering of its first
proprietary GNU/Linux drivers, we were interested to see if a
follow-up driver was in store to provide compatibility with XFree86
4.3, which was released earlier this year. To an extent, ATI's
outreach to the Free Software community has already provided
support to 4.3, with full support for the Radeon 9700's 2D
capabilities already supported in the XFree86 Project's
"However, 3D acceleration, and by extension, accelerated OpenGL
support, has not yet been forthcoming for the newest iteration of
XFree included in Mandrake Linux 9.1, Red Hat Linux 9 and SuSE
Linux 8.2. To find out what ATI was planning, we contact the
Ontario-based company and had a conversation with their Manager of
Developer Relations, Michael Smith..."
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