On Sun, Nov 12, 2006 at 12:57:00PM -0600, Eric Schuele wrote:
> On 11/11/2006 01:28, dick hoogendijk wrote:
> >On 10 Nov Damian Wiest wrote:
> >>On Wed, Nov 08, 2006 at 12:56:39PM +0300, Andrew Pantyukhin wrote:
> >>>On 11/8/06, Mark Jayson Alvarez <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> >>>>Hi,
> >>>>
> >>>>I have a Palit GeForce 6500 PCI-E 256Mb/64bit and I'm running x
> >>>>windows.  What do I need that NVidia FreeBSD driver for?
> >
> >>Until NVidia decides to provide proper documentation for their cards,
> >>I'd avoid them and go with an ATI product.
> >
> >Hmm, Nvidia cards generaly work much better on FreeBSD as well as solaris
> >then ATI cards. I would never buy a card on its documentation quality.
> >
> I believe DW was referring to the engineering "documentation" of the 
> underlying hardware, so that a proper open source driver could be 
> developed.  Not the "Users Guide".
> Without proper docs, an open source drive can not be developed.  Hence 
> everyone is forced to use whatever NVidia decides is worth developing.
> -- 
> Regards,
> Eric

Indeed I was.  While I try to research my potential hardware purchases 
as much as possible, I sometimes make mistakes and get stuck with 
something that does work, but not to its full capability.  Most recently
this has included an Asus K8N-E motherboard (NVidia chipset) and a
GeForce video card (I don't recall the exact model ATM).  NVidia did
release a binary driver for my card, but not for AMD64 processors.

>From what I understand, AMD and ATI have been more open with their 
hardware documentation than Intel and NVidia.

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