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Old 09-07-2007, 01:05 AM   #1
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Default AMD opening up ATI Linux drivers

From our news:
It was only yesterday that we posted about AMD's "possible" opening up of their ATI drivers for Linux, and we sure didn't have to wait long to find out it was absolutely true. In a press release issued today, AMD said that they will be releasing an information and development package next week that will support the HD 2000 and X1000 series of GPUs to the open source community.

Don't be fooled... this is huge news and shows that both Open Source development and Linux are gaining some major headway. By opening up the driver, it will allow both AMD and outside developers work together to create a feature-rich and stable driver. By keeping it to themselves, there are many issues that can come into play. ATI hasn't exactly had an outstanding Linux track record, but things are bound to pick up rapidly now.

"With this announcement we're demonstrating our commitment to respond to the needs of the Open Source community and adopt a consistent approach across CPU and GPU technologies. By supporting open source drivers on our industry-leading ATI Radeon graphics processors we accelerate innovation across the entire AMD platform."

Source: AMD Press Release
ATI needs this.. bad. Their cards have never been ideal under Linux, therefore NVIDIA has always reaped the benefits since theirs were far better. Now NVIDIA actually has some Linux competition and open source developers can finally help out with ATI drivers. Big win all around.
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