Intel releases source code to drive its upcoming video hardware under the MIT license (a non-copylefted free software license). Here’s a list of the hardware you can use with this software (these are the video cards to choose from when buying your next video card, laptop, or desktop machine):
|Short name||Full name|
|965G||G965 Integrated Graphics Controller|
|965Q||Q963/Q965 Integrated Graphics Controller|
|946GZ||946GZ/GL Integrated Graphics Controller|
|945G||945G Integrated Graphics Controller|
|945GM||Mobile 945GM/GMS/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller|
|915G||82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family Graphics Controller|
|915G||82915G Express Chipset Family Graphics Controller|
|915GM||Mobile 915GM/GMS/910GML Express Graphics Controller|
|865G||82865G Integrated Graphics Controller|
|855GM||82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device|
|852GM||82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device|
|845G||82845G/GL[Brookdale-G]/GE Chipset Integrated Graphics Device|
|i830M||82830 Chipset Graphics Controller|
|815||82815 Chipset Graphics Controller|
|810||82810 Chipset Graphics Controller|
|810-DC100||82810-M DC-100 System and Graphics Controller|
This would be fantastic news if it came with no strings attached (like patents that restrict what people can do with the software). It could be enough to cause recommending Intel graphics hardware instead of some low-end hardware we can run with free software.
Even Eben Moglen, FSF’s counsel, is interested; he’s quoted as saying
It’s a very important step in the evolution of the industry.
The move that Intel has taken, toward making better interoperability with free operating systems by abandoning secrecy, is the sign of a new competitive approach.
I’ll gladly recommend this hardware to clients, family, and friends if it’s all it’s shaping up to be.