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[News] Open Source AMD/ATI Driver Reaches 1.0 Milestone, Dell Asked for Truly Open PC

  • Subject: [News] Open Source AMD/ATI Driver Reaches 1.0 Milestone, Dell Asked for Truly Open PC
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 08:58:05 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
RadeonHD 1.0.0 Driver Released

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| Now that the RadeonHD 1.0.0 driver is out the door, the Novell developers are 
| looking forward to adding more features again (hopefully this will be 
| accompanied by additional AMD documentation being released to the public). 
| More information is available on the RadeonHD Wiki.    


Goal: Dell FREEDOM Box - A Fully Open System for Home Users by 2010

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| Set a goal of having at least one fully open system for home users by the end 
| of 2010! This would be Dell's greatest endeavor yet! 



Open-Source Developers Speak Out About AMD

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| Daniel Stone had also mentioned that in less than ten hours of the 
| specifications being available, GPU specifications were downloaded from the 
| X.Org server over 70,000 times and ate up more than 1.3 terabytes of 
| bandwidth!   


Could AMD move open desktop Linux market?

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| AMD’s recent move to fully support open source graphics could be the best 
| news desktop Linux has had in a long time. 


NVIDIA: Got Specifications?

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| This past week AMD raised the Linux graphics bar by not only announcing their 
| new fglrx graphics driver, which delivers Radeon HD 2000 support, immense 
| performance improvements, and AIGLX, but it was accompanied by an 
| announcement that they will be delivering specifications to the X.Org 
| development community. These two announcements came after intense work 
| internally at AMD and over a long period of time, but literally overnight it 
| changed the minds of many Linux users on how they judge this company with its 
| once notorious binary blob. AMD has really set a precedence for showing that 
| a semiconductor company once criticized to no end with their proprietary 
| software can update their views to assist and embrace the open-source Linux 
| community while remaining competitive as a company in a triopoloy market. 
| They have also thus reaffirmed that Linux is a viable desktop operating 
| system. But the ball has now landed in NVIDIA's court. NVIDIA can either play 
| ball by pushing forward with a similar effort, and then all of the big three  
| GPU manufacturers would be cradling an open-source strategy, or they may find 
| themselves in trouble down the road.              


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