Many of us used Mozilla even when Internet Explorer rendered webpages better.
Excactly. And where the best and complete functionality of hardware is required this is where people should look.
This doesn't make a discussion about open source drivers "a strawman". ZFS is more powerful than ext4, yet many people choose to run ext4 for several important reasons:
- it works out of the box
- it works well enough without fiddling
- it is free and can thus be integrated into the linux kernel (like XFS, JFS and others, BTW)
If you want max performance, then Solaris + ZFS is clearly the way to go, but this doesn't mean that choosing an open solution is stupid, or fundamentalist. The open drivers work out of the box, and are integrated with the rest of the operating system (kernel modesetting, X+Mesa stack)
An Oracle SQL solution is superior to MySQL for many tasks, yet people are still right to use MySQL because performance is not everything.
How so? You can really care about open source software and also use closed source drivers.
Exactly. If you put the development methodology of your driver above the functionality you need then clearly you shouldn't buy an nVidia card.
And don't get me wrong -- this is a valid position.
But I think that it's also legitimate to expect documentation for something you've purchased. ATi gives this documentation, and it has led to open drivers. I appreciate that. You don't. That's fine. But I don't see why you don't understand that some of us do.
Releasing documentation is BIG. It is important. Providing basic driver code for the open source community is big. It is important. ATi is doing this, and this is FAR more important than 20 fucking FPS in a game running through Wine.
It's OK if you feel differently, though.