Matrox keeps the driver goodness pumping

— 12:42 AM on January 13, 2000

The G400 people are at it again, releasing a new beta Win9x driver, which is not such a big deal, then turning around and contracting with a Linux development company to build an Open Source G400 driver for XFree86 4.0--which is a big deal. Here's a bit from the press release the company sent out:

Montreal, Canada, January 12, 2000 - Matrox Graphics Inc. has contracted Precision Insight Inc. to develop the Matrox G400 XFree86 4.0 Direct Rendering Infrastructure (DRI) driver.

Precision Insight develops drivers for 2D and 3D graphics hardware within the industry-standard XFree86 X server. Building on the fast, stable 2D driver and the current GLX driver already written by the Linux community, Precision Insight will integrate support for 3D performance and features using the company-authored DRI architecture ( In addition to 3D acceleration, the driver from Precision Insight will also enable the Matrox G400’s DualHead Display multi-monitor feature, as supported by XFree86 4.0.

Although largely optimized for the Matrox G400, this driver will support 2D and 3D features common to both the Matrox G200 and G400 chips.

And yes, you will be able to download the source code for a little hand-tuning if you're the hax0ring type.

Those Canadians are getting feisty, eh? Must be hockey season.

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