Linked by Andrew Youll on Tue 27th Dec 2005 12:07 UTC, submitted by Phoronix
3D News, GL, DirectX As 2005 comes to an end, both NVIDIA and ATI have fought a competitive battle not only when it comes to their hardware lineup but also display drivers for alternative operating systems. When discussing this subject matter, GNU/Linux users have been quick to criticize ATI Technologies whether it is due to poor installation support, distribution compatibility, rudimentary control panel, or simply the performance level of its drivers.
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by nirvanix on Tue 27th Dec 2005 18:07 UTC
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That's what I say when I read most of these comments. Just ranting without the facts presented. I live in a house with 4 computers, all running Arch linux. Two of the machines have Nvidia GeForce 5200, one has a Radeon 9600, and the other a Radeon 8500LE. I've had the proprietary 3D drivers on all of them for over two years.
Here are some findings based on experience:
i) The Nvidia drivers have more or less been stable over that whole time.
ii) The ATI drivers for the two different radeons have been stable most of that time, going back to about Nov. 2003. If you've had problems then I would look at your distro or how you installed the drivers.
iii) Under linux, the radeon 8500LE outperforms the Geforce 5200 in ET and UT2003 in framerates, which is surprising to me.
iv) If you haven't tried the ATI installers lately, they are as good as if not better than the NVidia ones.
And if you haven't tried them lately, then you really have nothing to rant about.

Those are the facts as I have found them. That's not to say I don't have my issues with ATI. I believe that for a long time they never embraced linux and hoped it would go away - I think it's just this year that they've realized that linux is here to stay and I hope that 2006 sees them bringing the driver up to the Windows level. Nvidia on the other hand has always made a solid effort to support their hardware on linux and deserve praise for that. I'm just tired of this bs ranting that still continues based on somebody's experience years ago.

Edited 2005-12-27 18:09

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by Richard James on Wed 28th Dec 2005 10:21 in reply to "blah, blah, blah..."
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I'm just tired of this bs ranting that still continues based on somebody's experience years ago.

X crashed on me today and yesterday because of that dumb ATI driver. I can't wait until I get a replacement NVIDIA card.

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