Re: [forum] Re: "Drivers? We don't need no stinking..."
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On Wednesday 26 March 2003 21:01, Sven Luther wrote: > What did they get in return ? I bought a Radeon 9000 for my spare box, > which i would _not_ have bought if there was no open source drivers. And > the fact that most DRI developpment is done on ATI hardware, is a big > plus for them, i guess most people buying video hardware for a linux box > (and thinking about 3D) will know this and buy their card. No offence, but one Radeon 9000 isn't going to make much difference to ATI. Having said that, I bought a Radeon 7500 for precisely the same reason, and regretted it ever since. In future I'll be buying a graphics card where the drivers are fully supported and sure to work, which probably means the drivers will be closed source and supported by the vendor; but so long as it works, I don't really care. I'm a great believer in "it should just work" and I think a lot of people think the same way. The point is that this should not be about a moral stance regarding Open Source software - there are end users who are using this product and simply don't care if it's Open Source or not, and they're the ones who are putting the money into it, if not by donating to the project, by buying RedHat or Solaris or some other software which in turn feeds money into XFree86 development. > So, if we trully had the sources for this, fine, we would write the > drivers, but that is not the case. Is that _really_ the case, though? I've been waiting for the 7500 driver to be fixed for sooo long now. The problem's fixed in the DRI trunk, apparantly, but not in the main trunk, and hasn't been for the 8 months since I had the card. (I tried, and failed, to get DRI-trunk working once before, and I don't have time to try it again). Wasn't one of the main complaints about XFree86 the fact that it was so hard to become a core developer, and the fact that it took so long for things to be added to the tree? This isn't a flame, by the way. I do appreciate the XFree86 project. Honest :) --jaa
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