Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Sep 2009 22:29 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Linux Open source 3D graphics drivers for ATI R600 garphics cards has been submitted to the kernel-next tree for possible inclusion in the Linux kernel 2.6.32. "David Airlie has pushed a horde of new code into his drm-next Git tree, which is what will get pulled into the Linux 2.6.32 kernel once the merge window is open. Most prominently, this new DRM code brings support for kernel mode-setting with R600 class hardware as well as 3D support."
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RE[3]: Things are Still a Mess
by lemur2 on Thu 10th Sep 2009 03:26 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Things are Still a Mess"
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"I'm sorry ... what exactly will we need fglrx for? For the next kernel, 2.6.32 or later, only nvidia cards will still require a binary blob driver for 3D hardware accelerated graphics and compositing. There is a reverse-engineering project (nouveau?) to write a driver for even nvidia cards, but AFAIK it isn't ready yet for 3D acceleration or KMS.
Excluding the open source argument; I wouldn't use Nvidia simply their products are poor quality and have been so for many years. The only people who don't seem to care about stability and quality are ricers and gamers who seem to change their hardware configurations more times than they change their undies. This is one of the reasons I have resisted getting a new MacBook - I don't want Nvidia in my laptop or desktop; they've screwed the pooch far too many times with customers that have MacBook Pro loaded with 8400 GPU's still experiencing GPU failures with some having had their boards replaced 4 times. Quite frankly, I'd sooner go for a ATI powered laptop running Windows than having a MacBook with an Nvidia chipset from Apple. Yes, I loath Nvidia that much. "

That is all fine from a personal point of view. I too bought my last hardware with ATI graphics specifically because ATI published the specifications for open source developers. Excellent. Kudos to AMD/ATI.

However, having said that, it is still important that open source doesn't abandon those people who have nvidia hardware, IMO.

For that reason, even though I wouldn't get nvidia hardware myself, I still applaud the efforts of the Nouveau project.

Apparently they have Xrender hardware acceleration working (so KDE4 should be good to go), and they have made strides towards (but still have some way to go yet) for KMS, Gallium 3D support, 3D support in general, video support etc, etc.

Still, it works well enough for desktop use such that Fedora have been able to adopt it for the default desktop. Even if you don't like nvidia, this is still a good thing for users.

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