Intel has unveiled open source drivers for its chipsets to support 3D graphics acceleration applications in Linux.
Linux users can already buy proprietary solutions to support better graphics on their Linux machines, but Intel believes that offering an open source solution will make them more comfortable.
It is expected that Intel’s upcoming 965 Express chipset will use the technology, as the company seeks to consolidate its leading position in the graphics chip market against the likes of ATI Technologies and Nvidia.
Chip rival AMD is acquiring ATI, so it may well follow Intel’s open source Linux driver move, if it is successful.
Intel’s move also comes at a time when Linux software leaders like Red Hat and Novell are developing 3D acceleration solutions for their new Linux distributions.
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