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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Stupid article
by Xaero_Vincent on Fri 6th Oct 2006 15:28 UTC
Xaero_Vincent
Member since:
2006-08-18

The incomplete and buggy r300 drivers dont even remotely compare to ATI's latest proprietary drivers.

I managed to get DeusEx to play with r300 at an ok framerate but there were still pixel artifacts all over textures and models.

Nvidia users have no choice. The "nv" driver is very basic with no 2D/3D acceleration features whatsoever.

Now I understand the desire for open-source drivers but ATI/AMD and Nvidia arnt interested at the moment.

Maybe we should just be grateful that we even have drivers and leave the politics behind until Linux gains significant enough marketshare to push these companies around.

Edited 2006-10-06 15:36

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RE: Stupid article
by vegai on Fri 6th Oct 2006 15:40 in reply to "Stupid article"
vegai Member since:
2005-12-25

"Nvidia users have no choice. The "nv" driver is very basic with no 2D/3D acceleration features whatsoever."

Fortunately, the closed driver is excellent.

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RE: Stupid article
by macisaac on Fri 6th Oct 2006 15:41 in reply to "Stupid article"
macisaac Member since:
2005-08-28

"The "nv" driver is very basic with no 2D/3D acceleration features whatsoever. "

That's actually not true, for 2D acceleration that is. And really, for many if not most things that folks think 3D is important, it's actually just accelerated 2D that matters, not 3D.

http://xorg.freedesktop.org/releases/X11R7.0/doc/html/nv.4.html

Accelerated 3D on linux will get you the GL-based screensavers, and some select games (most use 2D however, not 3D.), not much more than that.

(well, ok if you really want to go the xgl/aiglx route I guess that'd be the case, but again, that's mainly "wow cool" eye candy more than anything else (and there's nothing wrong with that...))

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