Intel i740 XFree86 Driver Source Code Released in Open Source

Research Triangle Park

United States, April 14, 1999

Red Hat, Inc. and Precision Insight today announced a register level programming information license from Intel which will allow the release of Precision Insight's Intel i740 driver in open source form to the XFree86 Project.

Last year, Red Hat backed the development of Precision Insight's i740 driver -- available in binary form via the Red Hat XBF program. This license by Intel corporation will result in the driver source code becoming part of the industry standard XFree86 X Server in the next major X Server release. The driver will be distributed on Red Hat's XFCom - for "XFree86 Compliant" - ftp directory ( until it is released by the XFree86 Project.

"The XBF program was created to allow Linux users to have the benefit of being able to use the latest graphics hardware even though the hardware manufacturer had not yet committed to supporting the open source Community. This license by Intel demonstrates once again that if a sound business case can be made to support the open source philosophy, then sound businesses will cooperate." said Robert Hart, Director of Technical Alliances.

"Intel has joined the ranks of other major corporations who have recognized that support for open source development has become fundamental to the computer business," said Frank LaMonica, President and CEO of Precision Insight. "We are pleased that Intel realizes the development and support resources available under the open source paradigm."

About Precision Insight
Precision Insight Inc. is a commercial developer of high quality 2D and 3D graphics system level and device driver software. The company has produced open source drivers for NeoMagic chipsets and for the Intel i740 graphics chipset, and is currently developing an open source Multipipe Direct Rendering Infrastructure to enable direct hardware accelerated 3D on operating systems which use the industry standard XFree86 X Server. For more information about Precision Insight, please contact Frank Lamonica at

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