Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Thu 13th Jan 2011 17:13 UTC, submitted by Michael
Linux "Now that the kernel mode-setting page-flipping for the ATI Radeon DRM kernel module has been merged into the Linux 2.6.38 kernel and the respective bits have been set in the xf86-video-ati DDX, we're in the process of running new open-source ATI graphics benchmarks under Linux. Our initial results (included in this article) show these latest improvements to cause some major performance boosts for the open-source ATI driver as it nears the level of performance of the proprietary Catalyst driver."
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RE: great
by lemur2 on Fri 14th Jan 2011 03:45 UTC in reply to "great"
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i'm not trolling but this means that in a few years ati drivers will be as good as nvidia drivers. Hope the driver will be for older cards too, cause i'm running latest nvidia driver on a onboard geforce 6150 and works great

You may be interested to learn that the "latest nvidia driver" (presumably you are talking about the closed-source proprietary driver for Linux which is actually written by nvidia) won't ever run KMS or kernel memory management (because the kernel guys won't accept driver code which is only a part of a driver), and hence will never be able to run Wayland or rootless X.

BTW, this article is not about ati drivers (namely fglrx, aka Catalyst), but rather it is about the open source drivers for ATI/AMD GPUs. This open source driver, named xf86-video-ati, is an entirely different driver, and it does not belong to AMD/ATI.

Just like the proprieatry closed-source nvidia driver, so to the proprieatry closed-source fglrx driver will never be able to run Wayland or rootless X.

However, open-source drivers can run Wayland and rootless X, and in fact already do for beta versions. Open-source xf86-video-ati drivers for ATI/AMD GPUs are just recently beginning to include optimisations, such that as this article attests, their performance is approaching the closed-source drivers.

Not only are open source drivers the more capable (being able to run Wayland and rootless X, for example), but also there is promise they may soon become the best performing.

Edited 2011-01-14 03:47 UTC

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