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Yet they persist because OpenSource drivers are not yet up to speed with the proprietary ones. It's not uncommon to have 2-10 times speed difference between them.
Yay for open source drivers
Posted Jul 24, 2012 20:08 UTC (Tue) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
If it was up to me AMD would drop catalyst altogether and pool their effort into the OSS drivers.
But I understand that isn't going to happen because they need to maintain competitive performance with Nvidia for the people that use it on professional graphical workstations. It simply will take too long for OSS drivers to catch up.
Posted Jul 27, 2012 13:41 UTC (Fri) by Wol (guest, #4433)
I would have thought there would be a decent number of developers - either true open source guys, or games company guys like here, who would be prepared to sign the NDA and then (because the AMD code wouldn't be covered by the NDA) leak code or design into the Open Source drivers.
And just in case anyone misunderstands me, what I'm suggesting is perfectly legit - developers can get hold of the driver source under NDA (to protect AMD's suppliers) but can't release THAT source on. They're free to release on any AMD code, or read the drivers to find out what they actually do (and then re-implement it as free code).
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