If this is indeed true, it would be a definite change of direction for AMD. In October last year, shortly before the AMD-ATI merger was finalized, we emailed ATI's Software and Video Marketing Manager Terry Makedon about this very subject. He told us, "Proprietary, patented optimizations are part of the value we provide to our customers and we have no plans to release these drivers to open source. In addition, multimedia elements such as content protection must not, by their very nature, be allowed to go open source." Makedon then added that, as of mid-October 2006, nothing had changed as a result of the AMD deal.