AMD deciding _now_ what to do about Linux
dotancohen at gmail.com
Fri Jun 15 15:17:47 PDT 2007
On 15/06/07, Chris Pemberton <cjpembo at embarqmail.com> wrote:
> Dotan Cohen wrote:
> > I wrote to AMD regarding the state of ATI Linux drivers..
> Perhaps this is a good time for me to ask a question:
> How many man hours would you estimate it would take for *experienced*
> developers, using mesa, dri, drm, agpgart etc to produce a driver that
> performs *better* than AMD's current drivers? (Assuming AMD gives all
> the necessary resources). I ask this because I would first like to
> understand the magnitude of what I'm asking for before I do the actual
> asking. Could anyone here offer up a rough estimate?
> If we exclude the developers that are already busy with Intel and
> nVidia; how many individuals with the expertise to code X11 are free to
> stop whatever they're working on now and begin to code the AMD? In
> other words - is there a shortage of *available* talent? Please don't
> be offended by that last statement; it is just a question and nothing more.
I doubt that anyone would be offended by your question, as man-power
is the fundamental core driving open source projects such as Xorg. I
don't have the answer, but I'm certain that it would be hundreds if
not thousands of hours. That's one reason why further development of
the official ATI driver is essential.
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