This doesn't make sense to me. They DO support open-source drivers by releasing docs and having 3 devs working on them, does nvidia support their open source drivers in ANY way? No. And open-sourcing a small config software that works only for their closed source driver seems to me like saying: "ok, can't bother making a decent config interface for our binary drivers, let's make it open source so that some else does it".
Yeah, AMD does not support open driver too. Donīt get me wrong, they released documentation and have at least 3 people working on drivers full day, yet official driver is closed source catalyst.
Seems to me like saying: radeon was better when it was being reverse engineered by people that had nothing to do with Ati, when Ati had no control over it and did not hinder it, and it was exactly what nouveau is now. So, it's like saying that all the open-sourced docs and the devs working on it and the whole ati open-source strategy actually worsened the state of the driver. Sorry, but I have no complaints over Ati open-source strategy if I compare to Nvidia's non-existent one.
Yes. Pretty much correct. But small details:
- nvidia does not hinder noveau, amd controls(less or more, bad or good) radeon
- noveau is firmware-free as it can generate the firmware itself, unlike radeon(xf86-video-ati and corresponding kernel driver)
- noveau, in features and performance is same to nvidia, as radeon to fglrx. Well, due to AMD not turning away, radeon is 150% of noveau, yet not even close to nvidia blob or fglrx. In terms of power management noveau is better..
- noveau is clean-room reverse engineered driver, but radeon is not link
- amd is completely satisfied with how, and how fast radeon driver is developed and financed; and how it lives together with fglrx. Well, Iīm not. But everyone is free to choose,no?
- if you buy discrete card for 3d, neither of the drivers is usable, both opensource are interesting mostly for legacy unsupported cards(much less impacts nvidia)