Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Sep 2009 22:29 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Linux Open source 3D graphics drivers for ATI R600 garphics cards has been submitted to the kernel-next tree for possible inclusion in the Linux kernel 2.6.32. "David Airlie has pushed a horde of new code into his drm-next Git tree, which is what will get pulled into the Linux 2.6.32 kernel once the merge window is open. Most prominently, this new DRM code brings support for kernel mode-setting with R600 class hardware as well as 3D support."
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RE[3]: Things are Still a Mess
by werpu on Thu 10th Sep 2009 04:54 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Things are Still a Mess"
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Actually quality was the reason why i dropped ati and replaced it with an nvidia card. The ATI drivers sucked majorly for Linux while the Windows drivers were working excellently.
Getting compiz up and running without locking X was a trial and error test (which stuff did not lock up X could be enabled the other one had to be disabled)
The revision before even crashed X on video window resize.
You can tell me many things about nvidia, but with the card I just had to enable the binary drivers and suddenly everything worked flawlessly, no X crashes anymore.
ATI always has been like that, good hardware really shoddy drivers, but at least under Windows they finally have gotten their act together driverwise, the Linux land is business as usual. And btw. where are the BSD drivers?

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RE[4]: Things are Still a Mess
by lemur2 on Thu 10th Sep 2009 10:52 in reply to "RE[3]: Things are Still a Mess"
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The ATI drivers sucked majorly for Linux while the Windows drivers were working excellently.

This is exactly why the fact that there are now open source drivers (coming soon in the mainline Linux kernel) is so important.

We now have the documentation for how to drive the graphics GPUs, and we have open source code to drive them. Having both of those also means that when new bugs are discovered, they can be fixed. This is now true for very capable, competitive graphics GPU hardware (since ATI hardware outperforms Intel hardware). These drivers and graphics cards will quickly become the top line for performance, stability and supportability on Linux.

It will no longer be possible for an OEM to hinder Linux (unintentionally or not) by providing sub-standard binary graphics drivers.

Edited 2009-09-10 10:53 UTC

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