[Linux-aus] Re: Volari Linux driver suggestions
leon at cyberknights.com.au
Thu Feb 19 14:24:02 UTC 2004
On Mon, 16 Feb 2004 15:33, 顏哲淵 (Jer Yuan Yan) wrote:
> I wonder is there anyone who is interesting in helping us test this
> beta driver. Currently, we only support Redhat but will soon port to
> other distribution. If you are interesting in becoming a beta tester,
> please feel free to tell me. The only requirement is that you have to
> be a Volari card owner.
In the discussion on the linux-aus mailing list after I forwarded your
message there, the following points were raised:
* Giving small amounts of hardware to universities can probably
get you large amounts of testing and publicity quite cheaply.
An example that I have in mind is the Wedge project at the
Australian National University, Canberra http://wedge.anu.edu.au/
which is currently using NVidia hardware to drive two analog
video projectors at 120FPS (which they need to do to get
60FPS-per-eyeball stereo effects) on large screens. If the XGI
cards have the muscle for it, that would be great leading-edge
testing and publicity for you.
* If your drivers are 100% open source (GPLed, not freeware),
you will automatically gain an enormous amount of support
from the Linux community and almost certainly the supporters
of other OSes (like FreeBSD or Solaris) will port your drivers
for you - no effort, no wages involved for XGI to accomplish
* If XGI is interested in doing this, we can find engineers and
gamers using Linux from among the membership of the Australian
Local User Groups (LUGs) who would be interested in buying
discounted XGI cards with the expectation of being able to
test and eventually use the Linux drivers with them.
I don't know that XGI has enough market penetration in
Australia yet to provide a substantial base of test users who
already have cards, but if XBitLabs are prepared to come the
party with some serious discounts, we could probably *make* a
market presence for you.
The Wedge is planned to be a star feature of next year's Linux
Conference Australia (http://lca2005.linux.org.au/), so if you spend
some time between now and then getting them enthusiastic about your
hardware and building a little Linux userbase in Australia, you should
be able to multiply the publicity effects.
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