AMD + ATI = good or bad for Free Software
The exciting news on AMD and ATI merger gives some hopes that, considering AMD has been a bit more supportive towards GNU/Linux and Free Software, there will be better support on GNU/Linux for ATI chips and cards. What I'm hoping for is for official drivers to be released as Free Software.
Any opinions on that and the whole merger in general? I hear this is part of a seeming "convergence" between graphics chip and core chip industries. Intel has been making GPUs for some time and now AMD bought ATI. It does seem like things are changing big time. And Nvidia is actually left alone in this whole picture now having to compete with two giant chipmakers which both do graphics stuff. Or maybe Intel ends up buying Nvidia?
Of course, what we're most concered about here is how would it all affect Free Software?