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Ian McDonald ian.mcdonald@j...
Thu Aug 10 13:24:49 NZST 2006

On 8/10/06, Craig Box <craig@d...> wrote:
> Ian McDonald wrote:
> > Good news for us Linux users:
> >
> >
> > Hopefully AMD/ATI and nvidia follow suit but don't hold your breath.
> (originally from)
> art-2/
> They've had open-source drivers for their hardware for some time: quoth the
> truely excellent Keith Packard:
>     Intel has made free software drivers available for all of its graphics
> adapters since the i810, so if it says 'Intel graphics' on the label, you
> can be sure that free software will support it.

Yes that's certainly true - I was using the i810 driver last millenium
from memory...
>     The release today adds support for the brand-new i965 chips which add
> advanced rendering capabilities to Intel's graphics adapters, including the
> ability to support OpenGL vertex shaders and hardware T&L. As far as I can
> tell, while the hardware has been announced, it's not yet available from
> retailers yet.

Yes I think this is the significance - true 3D support. They said in
the article that they are not yet available and wanted to release
drivers before product releases in future.
Ian McDonald
WAND Network Research Group
Department of Computer Science
University of Waikato
New Zealand

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