Posted Jul 25, 2006 19:03 UTC (Tue) by man_ls
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)
It is a bit of a chicken-and-egg problem: one of the reasons why desktop Linux has not caught on is graphic cards, and therefore graphic card makers do not see much need for open drivers. It is, in fact, not very different from what happened to 64 bits -- Intel did not see any possibilities in it beyond Itanium, and Itanium was a big flop. So there was little market for 64-bit processors until AMD started selling them. Then it exploded and Intel had to jump aboard, but meanwhile AMD has had a jumpstart of some months.
Similarly, opening the graphics drivers could mean paving the way for desktop Linux, which in turn would put ATI (and AMD) ahead of the game with their libre, supported, high-performance drivers. Now imagine if Linux became a gamer's dream operating system.
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