End of year Xorg status rant
mmacy at nextbsd.org
Sun Jan 1 03:42:56 UTC 2017
---- On Sat, 31 Dec 2016 18:47:23 -0800 Thomas Mueller <mueller6722 at twc.com> wrote ----
> 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.
Yes, we can leave it to AMD to snatch defeat to defeat from the jaws of victory.
Nonetheless, companies management turns over and their policies change. AMD is *currently* very much committed to bringing their open source Linux driver up to par with what they have on Windows. They are also committed to a fully open source high performance GPGPU compute stack. They should be rewarded for what their *current* policies are if we want to encourage that. If they again back off from that stance - then yes, leave them to their own devices.
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