AMD to open up graphics specs
Posted Sep 5, 2007 23:49 UTC (Wed) by drag
In reply to: AMD to open up graphics specs
Parent article: AMD to open up graphics specs
They released it under NDA and only to certain people.
Same thing with Intel. From what I remember Intel originally farmed out development to Tungsten Graphics and then brought them into the fold.
Intel's graphics are definately open source, but they aren't as open as they should be. I bought lots of Intel hardware because of this and I've recommended it to other people.
Intel did a good thing releasing source code, but like most things everybody does, it can get better.
(to the other people: )
THIS IS GOOD NEWS!!
Don't look a gift horse in the mouth, this is the BEST thing you could hope to get!
The ATI proprietary drivers are going to be a minefield of nasty NDA agreements, cross licensing and all sorts of other stuff. Companies involved in those drivers are going to be numbered in the dozens. SGI, Microsoft, Nvidia, S3, etc etc. Some of them are very anti-open source, very pro-patents in their legal stances. Some of them have sold their patents and copyright assists to other companies, the legality of everything is going to be very uncertain.
In other words: The drivers are not AMD's to give away. Realise that the legal/political issues revolving around closed source can screw over developers as much as end users. (Free software is about liberating both the user and the developer.)
So in order to give away the source code to the drivers AMD needs to make new drivers. If they are going to open source it, then why not get 3rd party developers involved from the start?
Makes sense to me!!!
Ra-ra-ra Open source is starting to win in the 3D graphics arena.
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