NVIDIA: Got Specifications?
Sep 10, 2007, 18:45 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Larabel)
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"This past week AMD raised the Linux graphics bar by not only
announcing their new fglrx graphics driver, which delivers Radeon
HD 2000 support, immense performance improvements, and AIGLX, but
it was accompanied by an announcement that they will be delivering
specifications to the X.Org development community. These two
announcements came after intense work internally at AMD and over a
long period of time, but literally overnight it changed the minds
of many Linux users on how they judge this company with its once
notorious binary blob. AMD has really set a precedence for showing
that a semiconductor company once criticized to no end with their
proprietary software can update their views to assist and embrace
the open-source Linux community while remaining competitive as a
company in a triopoloy market. They have also thus reaffirmed that
Linux is a viable desktop operating system. But the ball has now
landed in NVIDIA's court. NVIDIA can either play ball by pushing
forward with a similar effort, and then all of the big three GPU
manufacturers would be cradling an open-source strategy, or they
may find themselves in trouble down the road..."