AMD's ATI division is reversing its open source strategy by offering better open source drivers. The graphics chips maker has traditionally demonstrated a poor performance in allowing open source drivers. Dell, for instance, made a conscious decision to use Nvidia graphics cards in its Linux PCs because of ATI's lacking open source support and the poor performance of the drivers that were available.
ATI will now develop fully functional 2D and 3D drivers for Linux. Although the drivers are still closed source, the firm will release documentation that allows third-party developers to build and support their own drivers. The drivers and documentation will be released for ATI's Radeon HT2000 chipset and Radeon X1000 graphics processors and newer lines. AMD revealed its plans to create the open source drivers on Wednesday. The release of the documentation was discussed at the Kernel Summit that took place in Cambridge this week.