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Looks like the future of graphics acceleration on Free Software is quite bright, yet another constraint to adoption of Free Software operating systems such as GNU/Linux is about to be taken down. LWN reports:

"A quick report from the kernel summit: AMD's representative at the summit has announced that the company has made a decision to enable the development of open source drivers for all of its (ATI) graphics processors from the R500 going forward." -- Read more here and here.

Intel is already full behind Free Software drivers support for their 3D acceleration chips and now looks like we are getting a manufacturer of real 3D acceleration cards, suitable for even hardcore gaming, on our side too. And gaming is one of the major things that could get Free Software adoption rates booming.


"I’m increasingly aghast at the erosion of the traditional freedom we’ve enjoyed to do whatever we please with our personal computers -- but intrigued by the science behind it.

My latest revelation came during a recent visit to AMD for a day of briefings, mostly about the Barcelona quad-core Opteron and the Torrenza direct-connect coprocessor interface. During that visit, I got the briefest of updates on ATI’s new GPU (graphics processing unit) technology. It will ship with software that plays movies on Blu-ray discs. The AMD rep spelled it out in words that would have been undiplomatic coming from me: He said that the new chips will “block unauthorized access to the frame buffer.” In short, that means an unauthorized party can’t save the contents of the display to a file on disk unless the content owner approves it." -- Read more (thanks to a thing for a link).