Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Oct 2006 14:02 UTC, submitted by Michael Larabel
3D News, GL, DirectX "Open-source support has appeared by default in X.Org 7.1 for R300 generation GPUs. While ATI does not officially support these R300 open-source drivers, this alternative have been gaining momentum with users largely due to the lack of GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap support in fglrx. This extension is needed for the AIGLX desktop eye-candy. These drivers do lack TV-out support and many other features found within ATI's fglrx drivers, but how does its performance compare?"
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by Jody on Fri 6th Oct 2006 14:29 UTC
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While the idea of a Free alternative to ATI's drivers is a good idea, in some cases the drivers had 1/4 of the frame rate seen with ATI's drivers. For most people I can't imagine it's worth it.

I can understand why ATI does not want to GPL their Linux drivers, but maybe a good middle ground would be to look at the OSS drivers out there and fix some of the bottlenecks where it wouldn't reveal proprietary information.

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