Fwd: AMD deciding _now_ what to do about Linux

Garrett Cooper youshi10 at u.washington.edu
Sat Jun 16 21:16:56 UTC 2007

Wilko Bulte wrote:
> On Sat, Jun 16, 2007 at 10:33:00AM +0100, Dieter wrote..
>> So who, exactly, is the best person to write to requesting
>> docs for AMD/ATI graphics/video chips?
>> We need to politely inform them that
>> 	There are a lot of operating systems out there,
>> 	and they all need high quality, fully functional drivers.
>> 	FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Plan-9, Open-Solaris, ...
>> 	We might want to add a ATI graphics/video card to a computer
>> 	with a different CPU architecture (Alpha, Sparc, PPC, ...)
>> 	Binary drivers are useless, because:
>> 		Too many OSes.
>> 		Too many CPU archs.
>> 		Can't fix bugs.
>> 		Can't fix security holes.
>> 	Therefore we need documentation on how to program the chips.
>> 	2D is not enough.  We need video decoding and 3D.
>> 	If we can't have high quality, fully functional source code drivers
>> 	for the OS and CPU arch of our choice, then there is no reason to
>> 	buy the product.
>> Have I left out anything?
> Well.. yes.  "How much revenue ($$) AMD will loose when these open
> source projects do not get the chip docs".
> Ultimately the $$ question is what exec level management will ask.
    Countering the above statements (the following are important 
questions to answer, and should be done by their business types with 
more hard data):
    How much money will AMD lose on competitive edge versus market 
segment share for the particular open source customer base?
    How much of the ATI drivers will they have to modify in order to 
ensure that they remain IP protected and the extremely proprietary 
sections don't get put out in the open by accident?

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