Right now, Linux users typically rely on proprietary driver software if they want to use graphics acceleration chips and hardware to improve graphics performance--to speed up displays of 3D tanks in a battle video game, for example.More details over at CNET.
The new software meets a need in the Linux community for flashier graphics, and could also help Intel steal thunder from rivals ATI and Nvidia--and could cause a stir at AMD as well.
But this proprietary approach poses ethical, legal and practical problems. Intel sees the open-source move as a way to attract customers to its graphics products--such as its upcoming 965 Express chipset--and give it an advantage over rivals ATI Technologies and Nvidia.
"Having open-source drivers gives us a big edge in this market," said Dirk Hohndel, chief technologist of Intel's Open Source Technology Center. The software, available at a new Web site, is already being integrated with relevant open-source projects, he said.
Intel to release open-source software for its graphics chips
Posted on Thursday, Aug 10 2006 @ 21:36 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck