Frank LaMonica on Tungsten Graphics

December 17th, 2001 by Crusader

Tungsten Graphics’ Frank LaMonica, formerly of VA Software, has responded to our query regarding the new Linux graphics venture, which has risen from the ashes of Precision Insight. Frank states:

The ideafor TG was to create an organization that was independent of the majorLinux, or graphics players, and had the respect of the developmentcommunity. We felt that such an organization could play a key role inhelping to coordinate and define a vendor neutral, open infrastructuregraphics architecture that would be competitive with proprietarytechnologies.

You can read the rest of Frank’s statement here.

6 Responses to “Frank LaMonica on Tungsten Graphics”

  1. theoddone33 Says:

    Great to see these people working to improve Linux graphics, but the last thing we need is another TG abbreviation. I propose the following re-abbreviations:

    Tux Games -> TXG
    Transgaming -> TRG
    Tungsten Graphics -> TNG

    All in favor, please express your approval by not responding to this post.

  2. XWRed1 Says:

    [b]was to create an organization that was independent of the major Linux, or graphics players[/b]

    Err… isn’t that what Precision Insight was, until VA swallowed them up?

  3. Anonymous Says:

    DRI still needs work. I’m glad someone is still going to be working on it. Maybe Radeon 7500/8500 support will be forthcoming? Or T&L for the original Radeon for that matter.

  4. mrluisp Says:


    I’m actually a hard core NVidia user because I find that frankly their drivers work great. We’ve discussed this ATI vs NVidia (open source/closed source) issue at great length on the Loki newsgroup, and while I’m still a fervent supporter of NVidia, I am honestly happy to see, that the DRI group is picking up steam again.
    Does anyone know if ATI is actually sponsoring/paying for/helping to develop the Radeon drivers, or are they just releasing specs and letting someone else do the work? This is one thing that irks me about ATI and this whole open source vs closed source argument. To me ATI is not actively supporting the open source movement unless they’re actually developing the drivers or helping out the developers. Didn’t ATI have some sort of contract with the old PI a couple years back? Do they have a contract now with this new company?

  5. Anonymous Says:

    I really wonder…
    Because we have seen many OpenSource/FreeSoftware firms go down under when they did not “sell” something.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Does anyone have any clue as to whether the 4.2.0 release of XFree will fix any of the annoyances with the Radeon driver? I would like to run in 32 bit mode and have some of the texture problems fixed (getting T&L support is probably too much to ask at this point).

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