Lastly, and remember you heard it here, AMD is strongly considering open-sourcing at least a functional subset of ATI’s graphics drivers. It’s time for X Window System, OpenGL, and client virtualization for which ATI binary drivers aren’t available to escape the ghetto of the 1980s-era framebuffer. And what a boon for PR. If AMD’s graphics cards were the only ones with open device drivers, it might affect a buying decision or two.
Let’s take this with a grain of salt right now.
But it would be great news. I really hope they decide to open source the drivers! In the end that would probably force nvidia to do the same in the long run. If they (ati,nvidia) don’t release their drivers as open source then the least they could do is release the specifications needed to write proper (open source) drivers.
I’m going to buy a new videocard as soon as I am able to buy one for which open source videocard drivers are available that are capable of offering trouble-free fully hardware accelerated rendering through xserver-xorg in Ubuntu.
Let’s digg the article and see what happens. Maybe the publicity helps them decide .