Opinion: NVIDIA drivers are a BAD Thing [tm]

Alan alan at clueserver.org
Thu May 20 05:55:15 UTC 2004

On Wed, 2004-05-19 at 09:10, Jonathan Gardner wrote:
> On Tuesday 18 May 2004 12:05 pm, alan wrote:
> > Until a vendor that makes a fast 3d video card decides to open source
> > drivers, we are pretty much stuck with the situation.  (Unless someone
> > wants to reverse engineer the chipset.)
> >
> > I don't see it happening soon.
> >
> Apparently you've never heard of ATI. Their Linux drivers are all open 
> source and it appears that they are actively cooperating with the community 
> and trying to push X and Linux integration forward. While they aren't 
> disclosing trade secrets they aren't at liberty to disclose, they are 
> giving enough information legally that the developers can figure out those 
> secrets or develop their own solutions.
> I have been using ATI cards for several years, and as long as I use older 
> hardware (7000 series nowadays), Linux works fabulously with them, even 3D 
> acceleration. Today, you can buy ATI cards for cheap from Taiwanese and 
> Chinese manufacturers. I think they pay ATI for the right to either make 
> the chip themselves or to sell the card with their chipset on it. They sell 
> well because frankly they are more than sufficient for business machines 
> and my home linux network.

I was under the assumption that their hardware accelerated drivers were
closed source.

I guess I will have to look at their cards again.

We are living in the "interesting times" the fortune cookies warned us
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