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From: "Tyson Boellstorff" <perl...@alltel.net>
Sent: Friday, December 12, 2008 7:45 AM
Subject: Re: Why FreeBSD not popular on hardware vendors
On Thursday 11 December 2008 19:58:14 Chad Perrin wrote:
On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 05:00:11PM -0800, prad wrote:
> On Thu, 11 Dec 2008 17:28:13 -0700
> i don't think that's really what is happening, chad.
> i think there is just some disagreement as to what is considered an
So . . . are you saying that increased support for 3D accelerated
graphics is not an "improvement", and should therefore not be considered
a worthy goal?
Not so much considered 'unworthy' as it is a balancing of limited
If I was a hardware programmer, had unlimited time, beer, and cheese dip,
add everything just because I could.
It would be cool if there was a way to ensure that all <foo> items would
supported. However, even then, high performance video would lag. It is
proprietary, and many vendors simply won't publish their specs and need a
reverse engineer to get any support at all. You can't force them to do it,
and in the case of an open source OS, they may not want the world+dog to
their code for any number of reasons. nVidia is a rare exception, and even
they are not going to put FreeBSD support at the top of their list.
Unless you have a job at some video chipset maker, and are of a truly
spirit, willing to risk your job in order to publish drivers, it really
doesn't matter what priority the powers that be give to video
we can't ask anyone to risk their job just so <foo> works. If the graphics
devices themselves are sub-optimal, getting related systems up to a
razor-sharp performance level is like putting nitro and a supercharger in
your Lada. You'd have to put it in the back seat, because there's no room
the engine compartment for it.
What's your problem with Lada?! :-D
They make cars (especially Niva) to drive everywhere!
Just my 2 euro cents... lol
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