[ILUG] [comp.os.linux.hardware] Graphics card fully supported by
Open Source drivers!
john.orford at gmail.com
Thu Nov 25 15:55:33 GMT 2004
Although this is positive, somebody on the kernel mailing list pointed out
that linux can do 2d pretty well already, the offer being to build a 2d
So I doubt it's all that viable...
Pada Kamis 25 November 2004 15:47, Richard Corden menulis:
> Attaching files doesn't work. I'll just paste the contents of the
> In my experience, and apparently the experience of others, finding a
> graphics card which is supported by open source drivers is a bit of a
> challenge. Either the open source driver support is poor or limited,
> or there are simply no open source drivers at all. Many people resort
> to buying used cards from eBay.
> Frustrated, I have decided to start a project to solve the problem.
> Since I am a chip designer, and I work for a company that sells
> graphics cards, I decided to approach management with the idea, and
> they agreed that if I could justify it economically, we would do it.
> The primary objective is to produce a graphics product which has fully
> open documentation and fully open source driver.
> When I first brought up the idea on the Linux Kernel Mailing List, it
> received quite a bit of attention. Lots of discussion on LKML
> resulted in an article on kerneltrap.org, followed by a link from
> Now, there is a mailing list dedicated to this project which can be
> found at:
> A preliminary feature spec can be found at:
> http://open-graphics.duskglow.com/openspec.pdf or
> In addition, one of the list members put online a petition pertaining
> to pricing of the proposed graphics card:
> (I think the petition will be valuable feedback for the company to
> determine viability.)
> As someone who uses Linux as his primary platform, both at home and at
> work, I would really love to see something like this come to fruition.
> Unfortunately, the attention people have paid to this project has
> started to wane. I figure either people really aren't that
> interested, or they just don't know about it. I decided to test the
> waters by posting to a few different forums around on the web. It
> turns out that there are plenty of interested people, but they just
> haven't heard about it because word hasn't spread.
> Although my employer is capable of and willing to help me to market
> this, they have not taken an intrusive role in the project, in part
> because they understand that this is not a normal project. This is
> more of a community project than it is a "Tech Source" project, and
> they have respected that. Unfortunately, being an engineer rather
> than a sales person, I haven't had huge success on my own in
> generating the necessary awareness among those who would be interested
> in this sort of thing.
> To that end, I would like to humbly ask interested parties who read
> this to please pass the word around. (And also participate in the
> discussions and development process.)
> I hope you don't see this as a plea for free advertizing but rather as
> an opportunity to take part in the development of graphics hardware
> which is compatible with Free Software principles. I honestly believe
> that there is a major need, and I would like to be part of meeting
> that need.
> Timothy Miller
> Tech Source, Inc.
> Richard Corden
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