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Re: Statistics on non-free usage

On Mon, Jan 12, 2004 at 08:24:41AM -0500, Raul Miller wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 12, 2004 at 10:18:06AM +0100, Sven Luther wrote:
> > Not to mention the fact that the last video card to have free 3D support
> > was the Radeon 8500/9000/9100/9200, and that we are pretty unlikely to
> > get anything else in the near future. And both ATI and Nvidia don't
> > provide anything else than x86 executables.
> Depends on what you mean by "near future".
> Take a look at point 267 at
> http://ftp.xfree86.org/pub/XFree86/develsnaps/changelog-
> How near that is depends on how many of Branden's changes will be included
> in the 4.4 release, and of course when 4.4 itself is released.

Well, i am also an, altough not very active lately, XFree86 upstream,
and i have been in contact with ATI professionally to try to get specs
for a closed source ppc OS 3D drivers for the R300 family of cards, so
i know what i speak from. I don't see what you mean by quoting the above
changelog, please be a bit more specific.

> [Also, ATI provides source.  That source isn't redistributable, and
> comes in an rpm package, and might have x86 dependencies, but it's
> source nonetheless.]

Are those more than just a wrapper stuff around a bunch of binary-only
drivers like the nvidia ones ?

Well at least they are based on the XFree86 accel architecture and DRI,
unlike Nvidia, but i doubt there is interest on ATIs side to free this
source code.


Sven Luther

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