Chipmaker AMD is making nice with open source developers by providing them with information for 3-D graphics drivers for its new chips, according to heise online. The company is committed to "actively supporting the development of such a driver."
The first rumblings of the news came at the Red Hat Summit, where, the story says:
AMD indicated ... that it wanted to improve driver support for ATI graphics and find a solution that would be satisfactory to the open-source community.
Since then, the company has released more information at the Linux Kernel Summit and on various Web sites.
heise online cites blogger Christopher Blizzard for much of its info, including the fact that AMD will provide detailed documentation and actively collaborate on driver development. Red Hat and Novell developers are expected to participate as well.
There are mixed reactions coming from Blizzard's readers. Some are most pleased. Daniel Beck writes:
Great news! My next graphic card will be an AMD/ATI one!
Others are reserving comment, indicating they will need to see more than "talk" before they celebrate. This from "Ole":
Calm down, we have seen stuff like this before, however did not happen. When specs and excellent drivers are available we can celebrate, not now.
If it all actually happens, Blizzard says, the documentation puts AMD's efforts far ahead of Intel in terms of open source friendliness:
It's not just about having drivers, it's also about having the ability to work independently of the company in your development and decision making. Docs make that possible.