Today I came across this press release on Yahoo which was linked to by NewsForge. It explains that Red Hat has hired some former VA Linux personnel. Another Newsforge item points to this brief at LinuxJournal that lists several persons starting work at Red Hat this week, including Rik Faith, Alan Hourihane, and Kevin Martin, all of whom have been key developers in the XFree86/DRI (Direct Rendering Infrastructure) project. So it seems as though several of the XFree86/DRI developers who were recently laid off have found new work.
When asked about this news, one DRI developer responded:
Yes, they picked up some of the graphics people. Who exactly is sort ofup in the air at the moment. A few people have decided to do differentthings.
Further, as the Red Hat press release specifically mentions this move as adding “Open Source graphic engineering and consulting” to their business, this strengthens the possibility that the current 3D drivers will be maintained and that drivers could be developed for newer cards, like the recently released ATI Radeon 7500/8500.