What AMD's ATI acquisition means for Linux (and Macs) (Linux-Watch)
Posted Jul 25, 2006 15:54 UTC (Tue) by dmarti
In reply to: What AMD's ATI acquisition means for Linux (and Macs) (Linux-Watch)
Parent article: What AMD's ATI acquisition means for Linux (and Macs) (Linux-Watch)
"We" as in Intel, and "pressure" as in "decent, non-power-hogging 3D with out-of-the-box support"?
So, let me get this straight...
MSFT Vista requires 3D, so generic PCs must have decent 3D.
Intel can't afford not to be the differentiating "inside" product in the PC.
Intel has to make 3D hardware.
Intel doesn't want to join the driver-of-the-month club or pull..."edgy"...legal stunts to do proprietary drivers. And Intel has enough of a patent portfolio that it can scoff at the ATI/NVIDIA patent standoff anyway.
Therefore, Intel does open-source drivers, and MSFT Vista saves Linux from the 3D driver mess.
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