Re: ATI video comes out of the closet

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On Friday 7 September 2007 12:45:07 am Bruce Byfield wrote:
> On Thu, 2007-06-09 at 16:55 -0600, Frank Cox wrote:
> > While good, it's still not as good as having proper open-source drivers
> > supported by the manufacturer as well as the community.
> >
> > The Noveau driver project faces the same unfortunate situation with
> > Nvidia as the OpenOffice folks do when reverse-engineering the MS doc
> > format:  there is nothing stopping Nvidia from making a few
> > "improvements" that will break the Noveau drivers more-or-less at will.
> Counterpoint: The community is more strongly motivated to keep the
> drivers current than the manufacturer. And, given the FOSS community's
> strong record with reverse-engineering, I doubt that Nvidia will keep
> ahead of Nouveau for any length of time once the basic drivers are done.

It would be fantastic if the Noveau have the level level of support as 
the 'official' nvidia, but as a pessimist I tend to agree with Frank in that 
they will always lag behind.... I really hope I'm prooven wrong though.


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