Need good FLOSS drivers for 3D cards (NVIDIA, ATI)
Posted Apr 8, 2008 17:39 UTC (Tue) by dwheeler
Parent article: A Linux Driver Project status report
I disagree with Greg KH on one key point: There is still another major missing driver piece: _good_ FLOSS 3D drivers for the NVIDIA and ATI cards. Yes, there are some partial solutions, but it's not "stick in the install disk and everything works well", which is the only measure that matters.
I'm well aware that a lot is not actually done in the Linux kernel. So what? The userspace/kernelspace division is great for organizing, but the only thing users care about is "does it work?"
I would REALLY like to see some of these "developers twiddling their thumbs" to accelerate development of FLOSS 3D drivers for NVIDIA and ATI. If necessary, through reverse engineering. This is a major stumblingblock right now. The NVIDIA proprietary code works, unless you update some other component, at which point they often break... so even if you're not big on FLOSS, they are still a big problem.
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