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[2]: great
by WereCatf on Fri 14th Jan 2011 08:04 UTC in reply to "RE: great"
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

Not only are open source drivers the more capable (being able to run Wayland and rootless X, for example)

That's not really what I would have in mind when talking about capabilities. The open-source drivers -- both Nouveau and Radeon -- lack things the hardware supports and you get those only with the proprietary driver. 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. Sure, I'd _love_ them to actually catch up both in performance and in features, but I simply do not see that happening.

Now, with Ubuntu and several others moving towards Wayland ATI/NVIDIA users are getting screwed as they lose a bunch of features, and speed even more so.

Meh, I'm just annoyed. I recently ditched Linux on my desktop. It makes a great OS for the average user or for servers, but it simply doesn't suit me. There is always something that's broken or needs a bunch of extra steps or something and it really gets tiresome, and as I am a gamer the fact that my games don't work is already enough.

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RE[3]: great
by lemur2 on Fri 14th Jan 2011 09:14 in reply to "RE[2]: great"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

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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RE[4]: great
by lucas_maximus on Fri 14th Jan 2011 12:09 in reply to "RE[3]: great"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

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.


Windows does not automatically become part of a botnet ... stop spreading FUD.

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