End of year Xorg status rant

Thomas Mueller mueller6722 at twc.com
Sun Jan 1 02:48:17 UTC 2017

excerpt from O. Hartmann:

> I think we face a political problem, not so much a man-power-driven one. nVidia provides
> a BLOB, this BLOB works well even with the most recent hardware of theirs, but it lacks
> in support for OpenCL and their own CUDA acceleration framework. I never understood why.
> I asked nVidia - and they told me, that there is no request from the community ... so
> far. That is a claim and I can not hold something against it, since it seems obvious
> that I'm, with some other single people, are the only one compared to millions of others
> - de facto Null so to speak.
> And AMD? Well, 2006 or 2008 the company claimed to support the opensource community
> better than before, but that left in history to be a insubstancial claim. Their hardware
> might be a great deal even for GPGPU purposes with OpenCL, but this is Linux only as far
> as I can tell.

I too noticed that nVidia and AMD were not open-source-friendly with their graphics; remember Linus Torvalds' comments and cusses regarding nVidia.

That's why I chose Intel on my last computer hardware purchases; I use Intel on-CPU graphics.


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