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Posted Aug 6, 2009 15:57 UTC (Thu) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
Whether anybody likes it or not even your 2D APIs will need to be rendered using a 3D engine for any sort of good performance. So I don't see a problem with taking advantage of it to improve usability.
The R200 ATI graphics engine was released in 2001. The early GMA chips for Intel stuff was released in 2004 or so...
So most average computers sold in the past 7-8 years can support good-enough 3D graphics to support a composited desktop. Even low-end machines made in the past 3-5 years or so can support composited desktops just fine.
Hell back when OS X was first released it had a composited desktop and it had no acceleration at all and it was fine to use.
Posted Aug 6, 2009 16:36 UTC (Thu) by quotemstr (subscriber, #45331)
Oh, and try to use a composited desktop on an otherwise perfectly-good Matrox G450: it crashes all over the place. Why should someone have to give up this perfectly good generic dual-head 2D VGA (the 3D isn't worth mentioning) card just because someone can't be bothered to write a UI without going through Composite and OpenGL?
Posted Aug 6, 2009 22:05 UTC (Thu) by email@example.com (subscriber, #52701)
Posted Aug 7, 2009 3:39 UTC (Fri) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
If they/you/whoever does not want to run decent hardware then you should be prepared to sacrifice having the latest and greatest features. It's not like I am going to try to run a dozen virtualized environments from my netbook or whatever.
Posted Aug 8, 2009 20:00 UTC (Sat) by quotemstr (subscriber, #45331)
Posted Aug 8, 2009 20:06 UTC (Sat) by jordanb (guest, #45668)
And anyone who doesn't see the point in getting graphics cards that cost more than the rest of the system and installing proprietary pound-me-in-the-ass drivers from nVidia are useless Luddites who can go frig off as far as they're concerned.
Posted Aug 8, 2009 9:08 UTC (Sat) by Los__D (guest, #15263)
It's 9 years old, use something that was made for that time.
(Yes, I do realize that it was a marvelous card once. It is no more)
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