The abrupt merging of Nouveau
Posted Dec 19, 2009 14:25 UTC (Sat) by anton
In reply to: The abrupt merging of Nouveau
Parent article: The abrupt merging of Nouveau
Actually ATI released 3D programming information for the r100 and r200
families of graphics chips (powering the graphics cards up to the
Radeon 9250) a long time ago, and we have had 3D drivers for these
cards for a very long time. Then they changed their policy, and did
not release information for their later cards until they were bought
by AMD. The r100 and r200 information reportedly helped in reverse
engineering the r300/r400 and so we have enjoyed free drivers for
these cards with 3D acceleration after a while.
Why did ATI change their policy in the unwelcome direction? Maybe
the market force of the free software users is not big enough (or at
least ATI management thought so); many Linux users obviously care
little for free software and bought Nvidia based on the availability
of their proprietary driver.
Why did AMD change the policy in the welcome direction? Apparently
the market force of the free software users is big enough for AMD to
care, even if ATI didn't.
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