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LWN.net Weekly Edition for June 13, 2013
A report from pgCon 2013
Little things that matter in language design
Um...which LWN editor is using such a driver, please?
We certainly do not tell our authors what software to run on their systems, and do not believe that we should.
Posted Dec 3, 2004 0:30 UTC (Fri) by harisri (guest, #4662)
But now I understand that this is no lwn.net editor's computer.
Posted Dec 3, 2004 1:38 UTC (Fri) by ladislav (guest, #247)
That said, wouldn't you find it strange if the article pretended that binary-only applications for Linux don't exist? You might not want to use them, but there are many people who do, so it seemed rather logical to mention them, especially because of platform-specific issues. Besides, these applications give an interesting indication about the state of the AMD64 computing - for example NVIDIA makes 64-bit binary drivers, but others don't (a recent post on the Opera forums by an Opera representative seemingly rejected the platform althogether as not really interesting in terms of numbers). So just because you stubbornly refuse to install any non-free application on your system, I don't think you can reasonably expect others to do the same.
While on this subject, let me pick your brain. Let's say I'd want to replace my existing graphics card with a different one that doesn't rely on binary drivers. Which card would you recommend? Thank you for your advice.
Posted Dec 3, 2004 5:24 UTC (Fri) by dberkholz (subscriber, #23346)
Posted Dec 3, 2004 10:46 UTC (Fri) by harisri (guest, #4662)
As for a good 3D capable card with open source driver, any ATI Radeon up to 9200 is a good choice. I am using ATI 7000 myself, and I have been very happy with it, though I am considering a 9200 SE when the current one fails :).
For more information please refer to: http://dri.sf.net
Thank you and good luck!
PS: It is such a shame that ATI have not published the specs for Radeon 900 cards (or newer) so that open source DRI drivers could be produced. Hopefully they soon will.
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