Write to NVIDIA
Posted Oct 17, 2006 16:00 UTC (Tue) by AJWM
In reply to: Write to NVIDIA
Parent article: Local root exploit in NVidia driver
> To people doing 3D development under linux (most of us at www.flightgear.org, for example), they are honestly the only reasonable choice.
Horsepucky. The open source ati drivers are just fine for running flightgear, and as far as development goes, it doesn't matter what graphics you have for compiling. Might make a slight difference if you're building models, but I doubt it.
I will freely admit that you do need a decent 3D card and drivers to run FlightGear -- I replaced my ancient generic PCI video card (1 frame per second) with an ATI 9250-based, 256MB AGP card (typically about 40 fps, higher at night ;-), with everything else the same) for that very reason.
> NVIDIA's drivers have features that some of us need,
Need? Really? Want, perhaps. Especially if you're doing development rather than running applications -- fast compilers aside, developers (of mass audience apps) shouldn't be targeting bleeding edge hardware, it skews their perspective. Come up with creative solutions to make the app fast/dazzling/whatever on mediocre hardware and you'll make more people happy. (Personally as far as FlightGear goes, I'd just as soon see less effort spent on making clouds look more real, and more done on making the scenery look more like the places I've actually flown, or at least make the documentation better so that I can figure out how to incorporate photos into the scenery myself. Although to be honest I haven't spent a lot of time on that yet.)
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