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The Letter That Started AMD's Open-Source Strategy 92

An anonymous reader writes "In marking the fourth anniversary of AMD's open-source strategy for their Radeon graphics, Phoronix has published the letter that launched this open-source effort. It was a letter written by Novell SUSE X engineers and submitted to AMD management with their open-source proposal."
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The Letter That Started AMD's Open-Source Strategy

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  • All I see is an article talking about the letter, where's the actual letter?

  • by Tynin ( 634655 ) on Sunday September 18, 2011 @12:42PM (#37434468)
    At least from this bit, right at the end of the letter. Novell truly understands the nature of open source and seems very commited to the effort:

    To ensure an open development process NOVELL would require that it will not make use of any specifications or programming documentation that can not be made available to other developers from the open source community also under a suitable documentation publication program which will permit the release of source code under an open source license.

    This step will help to ensure continued maintenance for hardware components beyond the maintenance cycle of the manufacturer and will help customer to secure their investment. Furthermore it will demonstrate and underline AMD's full commitment to the open source development model and send a positive signal to the open source community which this has been waiting for for a long time.

    NOVELL will ensure that a driver with at least base functionalities is available for earlier releases of the X Window System at least back to X11 R6.9 to be integrated in existing enterprise products by their respective vendors.

  • DON'T BUY FROM ATI enemy of your freedom [fsf.org]

    That picture is looking sillier and sillier as time goes on.
  • ATI has great quality hardware, but lower quality drivers/software. Nvidia it is the opposite.

    I switched from Nvidia to ATI for this reason. My ATI 5750 does run Beryl suprising well. I game only on Windows 7 and I doubt performance would be good in Linux, but that can change. If ATI could get good quality drivers for Linux we would be happy to support them. The specs and code open are cryptic and only cover what appears to be a dispatcher which then transmit the code to the different parts of the GPU accor

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