Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Feb 2006 22:15 UTC, submitted by Kombatant
3D News, GL, DirectX "ATI's R5xx line was first released back in October 2005. The initial launch covered the X1800 and X1300 series, with the X1600 series following suit in November. Last month we saw the release of the new X1900 series too. Now, let me count the months from October to February; it is 5 months, right? Well, believe it or not, that's the number of months the new X1000 series is out in the market without Linux support. If you are unfortunate enough to own such a card, all you have is Matthew Tippett's statement in Phoronix."
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I've used ATI exclusively
by 2fargone on Wed 22nd Feb 2006 22:53 UTC
2fargone
Member since:
2006-02-20

for the last seven years, but my next card will not be one. I'm so tired of the crappy Linux support, but even more angry at the crappy Windows support. Their drivers are junk, their bundled applications suck, and the catalyst control center is ugly.

I have always used ATI because the visual quality when everything is working right is noticeably better than everyone else, and way better than Nvidia. But Nvidia works, and I'm sick of ATI working only sporadically.

On top of that, ATI's Linux support is nothing compared to Nvidia.

Next card I'm buying will not be an ATI card. Maybe when they get things fixed, but for now, I'm moving on.

PS: To all perspective ATI chipset customers, whatever you do, beware of PowerColor. I'm sure they occasionally produce a good card, but of the few I've bought or used, PowerColor is garbage. Beware.

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RE: I've used ATI exclusively
by lord_rob on Thu 23rd Feb 2006 09:06 in reply to "I've used ATI exclusively"
lord_rob Member since:
2005-08-06

Note that I own a five-year-old nVidia GeForce 2 pro, and recent nVidia drivers for linux don't support it anymore. It can be a problem when your distribution does have a lot of dependencies to upgrade simultaneously in order to upgrade the system. In my case, it's debian sid. Hopefully, debian nvidia team has a new package that contains the old version of nvidia drivers, but sooner or later, for some reason this package nvidia-legacy will stop working (incompatibility with a new kernel for example ...).

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RE[2]: I've used ATI exclusively
by aent on Thu 23rd Feb 2006 09:23 in reply to "RE: I've used ATI exclusively"
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2006-01-25

The nvidia legacy package is also available directly from nvidia and the nvidia developers have said they will continue to keep them working for the people with old drivers, just there will be no further enhancements to them. If they don't compile anymore, nvidia will fix them. nvidia still supports them, just not with the new releases of the driver. No worries ;)

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