Open source driver availability has long been an issue of contention for
Linux distribution, particularly in the video space where most remain
It’s about to get a whole easier thanks to Intel.
Late yesterday, Intel developer Keith Packard announced the immediate
availability of open source software drivers for the Intel 965
Express Chipset graphics controller.
The software drivers include support for both 2-D
and 3-D graphics.
“We’re releasing them now to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to providing
free software drivers for Intel hardware,” Packard wrote.
“By open sourcing
the drivers for this new technology, Intel enables the open source community
to experiment, develop and contribute to the continuing advancement of open
source 3-D graphics.”
Free and Open Source operating systems, such as Linux, have legal and ethical
problems in bundling proprietary drivers alongside free and open source
In his mailing list announcement, Packard noted that the drivers are the
first release of the code and will require testing and fixing before being
considered production ready.
It is not clear whether Intel’s chief rival, AMD, will follow suit.
An AMD spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.