The ati petition (fwd)

Hamie hamish at
Fri Sep 3 02:04:51 PDT 2004

Rogelio Serrano wrote:

> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: 2004-09-03 15:21:27 +0800
> From: Rogelio Serrano <rogelio at>
> Subject: Re: The ati petition
> On 2004-09-03 15:10:52 +0800 Lee Revell <rlrevell at> wrote:
>> Agreed, this is the worst possible approach.  The only form of democracy
>> that hardware vendors understand is voting with your wallet.  As long as
>> there is one vendor that releases source to their 3D drivers, buy that
>> hardware instead of Nvidia or ATI.  If you actually need good 3D, buy
>> Nvidia, and recommend other Linux users do the same.
>> If it turns out that the Linux 3D market is big enough to justify vendor
>> support, then this will affect them enough to change their behavior.  If
>> not, then the Linux 3D market just isn't big enough, and your time would
>> be better spent fixing this by making Linux a better 3D platform.
> We have to find a bigger use for 3D cards in linux. Either make more 
> linux 3d games or another more pervasive use for 3d hardware in linux. 
> An Xserver running on opengl is the first thing that comes to my mind.
Movie rendering? Weta Graphics (LOTR, KK etc) use Linux... I'm wondering 
if the rendering uses 3D gfx acceleration or all in software... (Not 
knowing even what resolution they render in. Maybe the cards can't doit 
that well yet).


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