Open Source Graphic Drivers - They Don't Kill Kittens

This paper is a light-hearted look at the state of current support for Linux / X.org graphics drivers and explains why closed source drivers are in fact responsible for the death of a lot of small cute animals.

The paper discusses how the current trend of using closed-source graphics drivers is affecting the Open Source community, e.g. users are claiming that they are running an open source operating system which then contains a 1 MB binary kernel module and 10MB user space module...

The paper finally look at the current state of open source graphics drivers and vendors and how they are interacting with the kernel and X.org communities at this time (this changes a lot). It discusses methods for producing open source graphics drivers such as the r300 project and the recently started NVIDIA reverse engineering project.

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