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[3]: great
by lemur2 on Fri 14th Jan 2011 09:14 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: great"
lemur2
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And this "the open-source ones will soon catch up to proprietary ones" is nonsense. That's been touted for years and years and they're not even close.


Actually, the original article has some games for which the open drivers are already close:
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=ati_r500_pflippe...

and even a couple where it is ahead:
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=ati_r500_pflippe...

This is only after the first "low hanging fruit" optimistaion effort, there is a lot more improvement to come.

As for the contention that there are "missing features" ... the only one that is missing now is an API to the hardware video decoder dedicated circuitry. Even that can be overcome via use of GLSL instead.

OpenGL support is a bit thin for some GPUs also, but that will rapidly improve.

Linux may not suit your particular uses, fair enough, I wouldn't argue otherwise. However, that is no reason to dismiss it in general. It can be a perfect fit for some uses ... for example, I am stictly NOT a gamer but I do like to browse the Internet and I do not want my machine to be used as part of a botnet, or as a colection device for my Internet banking passwords.

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