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1 - AMD/ATI releasing a FOSS video acceleration API for decoding/encoding H264/MPEG-2/MPEG-4 videos, with the same-level support we've got on Windows (for instance, allowing UVDx + shaders to enhance video quality on videos without adding + CPU resources, (like we have ATM with DXVA)).
2 - ATI FOSS driver allowing shaders to decode videos via hardware... This could also be applied to Catalyst to decode non-UVDx supported formats...
My 2c, cheers
p.s.: About point 2, I'm hoping this problem will be solved in a +/- near future...
Steam for Linux is so much a gag as Duke Nukem Forever. It *is* coming, but no one ever believes it until they see it and why should they.
Btw. Michael, did you know Crysis 2 is DirectX 9 only...
Bullshit - Crysis 2 is multiplatform (as such is the underlying engine). How would you expect it to run on Playstation3, eh? It's an OpenGL/DirectX product. I see no reason how it could not be easily ported to Linux, if ever.
Bioware releases all recent and future games (Mass Effect 1 & 2, Dragon Age 1 & 2 and Star Wars: TOR) on Linux, with native 32-bit and 64-bit Linux builds, licensing their core engine under GPLv3 (with optional OpenGL 2.1 renderer specifically targeting the FOSS drivers and OpenGL 3.3 renderer targeting proprietary drivers) and selling the content/artwork pack.
VMware relicenses the entirety of VMware Workstation under the same license as VirtualBox (GPLv2 iirc), and announces an engineering partnership with Oracle to combine the best of both technology platforms into a single, unified platform containing components of each
A heroic 15000 line patch to the open source graphics stack from Dave Airlie improves the performance of r600g to be 1.25 times faster than Catalyst at 1920x1080 running demanding OpenGL 2.1 games
A heroic 50000 line patch to mesa from Brian Paul adds complete support for OpenGL 4.1 with all patented features implemented and working but hidden behind a --yes-i-know-i-am-violating-acta-patent-law configure option
Internet Explorer 10 is GPLed and ported to Linux with support for COM/ActiveX controls and "thunking" 32-bit controls into a 64-bit browser, for all those damn sites that refuse to acknowledge that anything other than Windows XP exists as an operating system
Java 7 final and OpenJDK 7 are officially released and OpenJDK 7 has no proprietary components
The U.S. Supreme Court declares software patents unconstitutional
wine gets "finished", being able to natively run all Windows userspace applications with a 100.0% faithful representation of either Windows XP, Vista, or 7 (including full integration of applications' use of Aero into compiz); also supporting full emulation of userspace drivers and WDM drivers emulated in userspace, including both 32 and 64-bit Windows XP, Vista, and 7
Ubuntu Bug #1 is marked as fixed&closed (i.e.: Windows no longer has the dominant desktop market share)
Apple iTunes gets a native Linux client, and all media you own that was only available with FairPlay DRM is now available for re-download as WebM (video) or Ogg/Vorbis (audio)
The RIAA dissolves itself
The MPAA dissolves itself
MPEG-LA releases their patent pool to the general public with unrestricted worldwide licensing