Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Oct 2009 15:23 UTC, submitted by diegocg
X11, Window Managers X.org 7.5 has been released. This version includes DRI2, Multi-Pointer X, Input device properties, X Input Extension 2, RANDR 1.3 (adds support for panning and for Projective Transforms, which can be used to scale the screen up/down as well as perform projector keystone correct or other effects) and video and input driver enhancements. Here are the release notes.
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lemur2
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if you absolutely have to have all hardware features supported, you're best off running Windows, as a general rule.


Only if there is no new version of Windows since the card became obsolete. If a new version of Windows requires a new driver, then the OEM sometimes won't bother to write a new driver for cards they no longer sell.

There are many good reasons for running FOSS drivers. But I've always found the whole "at the mercy of" argument to be a bit contrived. In general, I've found proprietary drivers to be more feature complete than the FOSS ones.


The proprietary drivers for Linux often aren't in any way feature complete.

For example, video card manufacturers will often have a Linux binary driver that: has abysmal 2D hardware acceleration performance; doesn't support R&R; often has trouble resuming from suspend; and doesn't support the use by Linux of video decoder features.

The lack of support for using the cards video decoders and acceleration is interesting, because the owner of the card in the Linux machine has presumably paid for any royalties associated with the video codecs via having paid for the card itself. By not supporting such features in their Linux binary drivers, considering that a user of their card who is running Linux has paid for the card and therefore its features, the video card OEM could presumably be sued for failing to deliver a fully working product.

This is especially interesting when you consider that for years Linux kernel developers have been begging for programmining information (specifications) so that they could write hardware drivers for Linux and thereby relieve the OEMs of the need to do it themselves.

http://kerneltrap.org/Linux/Linux_Driver_Project
http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS6669895837.html
http://www.linuxdriverproject.org/twiki/bin/view

Edited 2009-11-01 22:51 UTC

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