XGI May Release OSS Display Drivers

November 29th, 2005 by Crusader

The maintainers of Phoronix let us know that they’ve received word from XGI Technology that they anticipate releasing driver source code for their Volari 8300 graphics card:

Unlike XGI’s earlier attempt at opening up their 2D FBDev source-code to the general public, which hadn’t gained much support due to the lack of 3D code, they have begun to take a new position on their software. As many OSS enthusiasts could have only dreamed about, by as early as next month XGI is targeting at possibly releasing their complete source-code for the Volari 8300 to the open-source community.

5 Responses to “XGI May Release OSS Display Drivers”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I would actually seriously consider buying one in a year (new computer time) if the open source community starts mainting the drivers. If that happens then this card will be better supported then NVIDIA. I wish that XGI would support SLI, but that is a minor wish and not really a requirement.

    off to find benchmarks and price…

  2. Anonymous Says:

    …if it happens. I would take even lower performance if I can get all of 2D, 3D, TV-Out to work on open source drivers. So way to go, XGI! I hope it’s true.

    Currently ATI is the best bet if you want to have open source drivers (7500-9200 in 6.8.2, 9500-X800 in 7.0), but they are not fully supported by ATI and don’t include all the features. I’m glad if someone takes the lead in this matter.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    the support for GLSL, or other shader languages?

  4. Anonymous Says:

    If they go open source, I will buy one. Can someone tell me where they are sold?

  5. Anonymous Says:

    The so called ‘open source’ 3D code may contain strange licences that prevent you from doing anything useful. Besides, it may just be source code that link to proprietary binary module, as it was the case for other vendors.

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