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I second that emotion! I'd love to see a comparison of video cards that run well will free
software (no closed-source drivers)...
Posted Dec 2, 2007 6:08 UTC (Sun) by undefined (guest, #40876)
i third that, though feel free to disregard my opinion as i'm not a subscriber (but i don't
block the non-flash ads and i try to post "polite, respectful, and informative" comments ;-).
on my desktop i'm running an ati 9250 because it (in order of personal importance):
1. is a foss driver
2. supports dual head (separate screens, not xinerama, as the monitors are different
resolutions and the secondary one always shows sysadmin stuff: ssh sessions, tail -f syslog,
3. has at least one dvi port
3. supports accelerated 2D
4. supports Xv
5. supports accelerated 3D well (definitely not fast, but very reliable/stable)
the last motherboard i bought for my household (6 months ago) uses a K8M890 (openchrome)
because though it has its problems, it's at least foss and actively developed/supported (and
in a socket 939 miniatx form factor). the motherboard has a PCIe x16 slot, but currently
there's nothing significantly better than the integrated K8M890 (where "significantly better"
== "foss, 2D accel, 3D accel, Xv, XvMC").
there's a lot of good stuff on the horizon (ati documentation release & follow-on radeonhd
driver, on-going nouveau development, rumors of discrete intel graphics, etc), but nothing
quite there yet (from the regular video driver coverage i'm reading over at phoronix).
in a year or two there will probably be mature foss drivers for all three vendors (intel,
amd/ati, nvidia), but for the immediate future we need a grumby editor's review!
Unpleasant task in sight.
Posted Dec 2, 2007 10:34 UTC (Sun) by xav (guest, #18536)
I'm afraid our grumpy editor will get veeery grumpy when he tries various graphics cards under
various graphic loads. In my experience, the r300 driver is the Free 3d driver that drives the
fastest cards (ATI x850), and:
- it's not the fastest driver around (fglrx and catalyst are way better on same hardware)
- it has a tendency to lock the machine solid under 3d load
- generally the 3d framework under linux isn't mature enough (try blender under compiz)
But it's the best thing we have right now.
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