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AMD annoucement of open drivers...

So the news is out that AMD have committed to opening up specifications and providing some driver code to the open source community!!!

Alex Deucher and I have been working with AMD on this for about 3 months now and it's great to see it finally go public with their plans going forward. The initial code from Novell/SuSE will be appearing around XDS time, and AMD will also be attending.

Initially it will be a 2D modesetting driver, and hopefully a 3D driver will follow later. They are not stopping work on fglrx and will not be releasing any code from fglrx.

They will also be providing us with some access to engineering staff for information on older cards that we hadn't access to before, so we can properly support the current radeon driver (mainly BIOS parsing and workarounds..)

AMD, myself and Red Hat are also working through clearing me from my NDA issues so I can work on the r5xx cards.

So its all very positive and hopefully it we can all work together going forward to produce a top-notch open source driver...

If anyone has any questions on this feel free to post them here and I'll try and answer them if I can...

Aren't these NDA potentially harmful ?


Don't you think that putting all community devs under the same NDA is potentially dangerous ? Imagine there's a feature they don't want to be implemented in the free driver, they could block all of you from doing or talking about such code and we have no one left (with the required experience).
I know you understand me pretty well because you've already been bitten by this.


Re: Aren't these NDA potentially harmful ?

If there's a feature they didn't want implemented, they'd just scrub it out of the docs. Macrovision springs to mind.

More broadly, if the NDA says "we'll document everything, and some of it you won't be allowed to implement", I just wouldn't sign it, and I suspect I'm not alone. NDAs are voluntary, you can choose to not enter them.

Re: Aren't these NDA potentially harmful ?

Daniel Stone just blogged that, apparently, there won't be much of an NDA for specs. Talk about good news !