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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RE: Nvidia, Ati & Matrox
by Lobotomik on Thu 23rd Feb 2006 10:31 UTC in reply to "Nvidia, Ati & Matrox"
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Not likely to happen until others do the same? Well, that has already happened. Intel graphics chips already enjoy open drivers (and possibly S3, Via and XGI, too).

I don't think Open Graphics will ever be successful; the product they are designing will be massively underpowered and massively overpriced.

An el-cheapo motherboard with a built-in i910 will give you vastly higher performance at a fraction of the price, and will run just fine from an out-of-the-box install of Ubuntu or Fedora with no need for binary drivers.

So, if you want free drivers, stop buying ATI or Nvidia. You will even save a lot of money!

If you want to play the latest games, you will be using Windows, anyway. At this point, as you probably don't really-really care about open drivers, I guess Nvidia is a good choice, too; it will blaze through Windows games and work well in Linux.

Edited 2006-02-23 10:36

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RE[2]: Nvidia, Ati & Matrox
by Vanders on Thu 23rd Feb 2006 16:45 in reply to "RE: Nvidia, Ati & Matrox"
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When it comes to Open Source video drivers, the top dogs are Intel and SiS/XGI. XGI may even be releasing their 3D components at some point, which would instantly put them top of the pile.

Next best are S3/Via with the Unichrome and the older S3 cards such as the Savage. S3 remains silent on Open Source Deltachrome & Gamachrome drivers though, which loses them some serious points. Older Matrox cards from the G550 down used to be well documented and supported, but when the Parhalia was released they went deadly silent and pulled their previously-open Developers Relations site, along with all the chipset documentation. Boo, hiss. 3Dfx Voodoos are also documented, but they're of similiar vintage.

Then we come to the bottom of the pile; ATI & nVidia. ATI used to be fairly good with documentation for older chips. The Mach64 and R100/R200 are well understood and I believe the X developers were given documentation by ATI. The same is quite possibly true of nVidia, but I'm not certain on that.

So if you want to help promote Open Source, go buy an XGI and encourage them to release their complete driver source!

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