Hifn vs ATI
Posted Jul 20, 2006 22:54 UTC (Thu) by Kluge
In reply to: Perhaps we should start to behave more like OpenBSD?
Parent article: OLS: Open source graphics drivers
My impression from the Hifn/OpenBSD thread is that the encryption chip and graphics chip markets are different a way that isn't favorable to supporters of free/open-source software. ATI and Nvidia are the only high-end consumer graphics chip makers around. And neither they nor any of their competitors (unless you count Intel, which doesn't compete in many of their markets) offer specs for the development of open source drivers.
In contrast, de Raadt said "I can get documentation for pretty much 99% of the [encryption] chips in the industry without supplying any private information." If this was the case for graphics chips, there would be no problem. Unfortunately, there's no 99% (or even 1%) of the graphics chip market with open source friendly policies.
Given that, we can deny ATI and Nvidia our money, but who do we give it to?
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