JB, I just wanted to thank you for responding openly to my earlier query. I just had a chance to read an digest it.
I would like to give the matter additional thought. My current opinion on the matter is that there is a free platform available that will run on 99% of commodity hardware, and nobody is currently leveraging it. Installation of this platform is so incredibly easy that it isn't even required (LiveCD/USB). If I were in AMDs position, I would put together a bare-bones distro (Kernel, X, Mesa, SDL, a steam-like-client, and the demos with the hot cg chick) and leverage it to showcase AMD's technology. The result would be that 'every' AMD powered PC becomes a console.
I realize that this is a lot like what sony did with FreeBSD (cellOS) and GLES2 (libgcm/PSGL), the difference would be that you already have a huge installation base. Existing customers that have a positive experience on the platform continue to purchase AMD tech, customers of "the other tech and platform vendors" will look over the shoulder of your customers and say "Hey what's that? How can I get that?".
I'll think more about what you said tonight, but as far as I can tell, a million bucks and two years could quickly turn into market domination for a tech vendor. You don't need Sony or Microsoft.
I believe that the same can be said of any org that funds software development. Not all pound puppies find homes. It's sad. I wonder if GSOC is statistically better or worse than other similar initiatives (and why).
Originally Posted by nightmarex
Now I'm sad about puppies. Look what you've done!
"Pirated Windows" is a side effect of bad driver support for linux.
Originally Posted by bridgman
the people buy Linux hardware then they get doomed by the hardware company with bad drivers and then they install windows and because they hate Microsoft they pirate the windows.
imagine the case that the people are getting perfect Linux drivers then they don't need to warz windows.
sure Microsoft MAFIA company’s will never admit this argument as valid because they think that the people won't use Linux even if ALL is perfect.
only MAFIA Criminals think in this way because they make sure with violence that Linux is not perfect.
Violence=directX,win32-API,windows file server,Patent FUD like fat32-h264 codex, copyprotection and drm DVD Blueray and so one and so one.
its the same MAFIA hurting you with bullets to make sure you "Pay" the Security "Tax"
Originally Posted by Qaridarium
every time you add code to the kernel, you increase the likely hood of bugs in the kernel.adding more bugs to a already enormous and buggy kernel, isn't the solution.
the quality is the key the bugs per 1000 lines of code is very low for kernel code.
Originally Posted by Thatguy
because of this it would be a improvement of bug free graphic driver code.
That would great for the *BSD (and other) guys, I am sure they'll be thrilled to see more previously "generic" code move to be Linux specific.
My feeling is that they will be exactly as happy as the *Linux (and other) guys are when they see closed-source offerings derived from BSD (CellOS for the PS3 being a good example).
Originally Posted by geearf
Edit: A closer look at my PS3 reveals that the OS may be more Darwin-like than FreeBSD-like. My statement still stands though, despite the (possibly) bad example.