AMD, LinuxBIOS, and X.org
Posted Jul 25, 2006 16:41 UTC (Tue) by brugolsky
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)
AMD's open specs have been a great boon to LinuxBIOS; nearly all recent AMD-based motherboards are working or nearly working. Intel is always a mixed bag: they've released plenty of documentation for their NICs, ICH* SATA controllers, graphics chips, etc. But lots of simple northbridge/southbridge documentation is not freely available. And then there's the dreaded SMM gunk.
Currently, we've got this strange quandary where AMD-based systems have the best-documented innards on the parts that they own, but most PCIe motherboards have Nvidia motherboard chipsets; meanwhile Intel is producing the best-documented 3D graphics chips. :-(
If some of the ATI motherboard and graphics chipset documentation can be pried open, we can have very high-performance hardware running an entirely free software stack from initial power on.
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