As an owner of a Nvidia card, I think this is great!
Hopefully this will be an eye opener for Nvidia.
Hopefully this will get stock holders to bitch at the management about stupid business decisions.
Hopefully AMD now puts more developers and more focus on their open source graphics device driver.
Hopefully we get more contributers to the open source AMD device driver from China, maybe the Chinese government and/or schools.
If this is indeed true and confirmed, that's awesome.
Ten million graphics cards? I guess they don't do anything small in communist China...
Also it's absolutely awesome that they designed their own CPU and will be using the AMD open drivers on Linux/Xorg. That's a gigantic boost in our userbase that should make everyone generally more aware of the open source graphics drivers (but especially in the Far East).
I wonder if they implemented some kind of spyware into the hardware of their MIPS chips China may be pro open-source, but they're definitely not pro-freedom and are very tough on people who criticize their government, whether or not they intend to act against the government or just whine and complain.
Anyway, fuck you, Nvidia. I own graphics parts from all three vendors (all the mentioned chips are in operational systems somewhere within my immediate family's use):
Intel 945GM in laptop
Intel 965GM in laptop
Intel 3770K Ivy Bridge in desktop
Intel 3820QM Ivy Bridge in laptop
AMD Radeon HD5970 in desktop
AMD Radeon HD7970 in desktop
Nvidia GeForce 9800GT in desktop
Nvidia NVS 5400M in laptop
Out of all those parts, the best for running Linux with an untainted kernel are the two Ivy Bridge CPUs and the Radeon HD5970. Even with a tainted kernel the Nvidia binary runs like crap for me; the 2d rendering performance is awful, no KMS, inordinate maintenance burden when upgrading system, and it chews through a lot of power. That's not to say I prefer AMD fglrx over it, though
I think I'm going to include the phrase "fuck you, Nvidia" in every single post I write on Phoronix from now on.
Nearly a half billion dollars in AMD cards to run on Linux. That's going to buy and attract a lot of love for AMD open-source. I can't wait for this deal to kick off so that I may see the hail storm of improvements from AMD and the community.