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First look at Ubuntu "Natty" and the state of Unity

First look at Ubuntu "Natty" and the state of Unity

Posted Feb 15, 2011 8:29 UTC (Tue) by paracyde (guest, #72492)
In reply to: First look at Ubuntu "Natty" and the state of Unity by drag
Parent article: First look at Ubuntu "Natty" and the state of Unity

I realize that the Radeon/Mesa/DRM developers have decided on making it "work" first and than making it "fast", but I was wondering if they really know whats needed to create really fast OpenGL drivers? I bought an ATI 4850 18 months ago and I still cannot play Quake 3 (a game which was released in december 1999) with stable FPS :-(


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First look at Ubuntu "Natty" and the state of Unity

Posted Feb 15, 2011 10:59 UTC (Tue) by drag (subscriber, #31333) [Link]

I just wish I didn't kill my x850 card by mistake (broken heatsink). The R300 drivers are now very mature. To bad it takes so long.

With Gallium now they seem to be giving performance a higher priority. I estimate that we should be able to get something like 60-70% of the proprietary ATI driver performance by the middle of the year or something like that. For R600. If you are willing to compile drivers or whatnot.

Also I trust your using OpenArena and not the original Quake binaries... :)

First look at Ubuntu "Natty" and the state of Unity

Posted Feb 15, 2011 14:44 UTC (Tue) by jond (subscriber, #37669) [Link]

I find that quite bizarre. I play Q3A with no issues whatsoever on an ancient Radeon X850 and also on the Intel GMA in my x201 laptop.

3D

Posted Feb 15, 2011 16:31 UTC (Tue) by tialaramex (subscriber, #21167) [Link]

The X850 has better drivers. Q3A is pretty old, so for the entire time the R300 era drivers have been under development it has been available for developers to optimise against.

It's really easy for 3D drivers to throw away most of the performance of the hardware in the name of keeping things simple. But until it works at all, simple is definitely the name of the game.

I'm torn on this. For every time I've thought "Wow, this is too slow, someone should really find out why" there's another time I've said "Damnit. The machine locked up again. Nobody should be optimising this until it actually works".

Manpower can't hurt though, and therefore funding to hire such manpower.


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