3D video drivers

Mitch Anderson mitcha at xmission.com
Thu Feb 17 18:29:49 MST 2005


On Thu, 2005-02-17 at 16:55 -0700, Nicholas Leippe wrote:
> On Thursday 17 February 2005 04:15 pm, Levi Sorenson wrote:
> > Does anyone have opinions about the future of video drivers for Linux?
> 
> With regard to what?
> 
> I have high hopes that Sony's cell will become ubiquitous.
> That would change everything.
> 
> As for the nearer future, I like the heavy competition between ATI and Nvidia, 
> I think it is really healthy.  I both like and dislike Nvidia's binary 
> drivers.  They support their cards fairly well, but no one else can support 
> it.  As for ATI, their own driver for the most part doesn't compare to the 
> DRI effort, even w/o some of the proprietary enhancement features enabled--at 
> least for the cards they can support. My aged Radeon R100 keeps getting 
> faster and faster, especially with recent reverse-engineering discoveries, 
> and just about all of its features are supported well.

The latest open source radeon driver out performs the closed source ATI
driver...(I get 2515.600 FPS off my Radeon 9000 Pro 128MB) and it
installed automatically with core 3...

However if I was buying a video card again, I'd probably go with nVidia
as well.

Mitch




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