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[2]: Binary compatibility
by antwarrior on Thu 23rd Feb 2006 14:08 UTC in reply to "RE: Binary compatibility"
antwarrior
Member since:
2006-02-11

"The problem isn't ATI here, but Linux, GCC, and binary compatibility"

I'm sorry but all this stuff about ATI needs some justification to build a decent driver on Linux due to market share is a bit of cop out.

How difficult is it to write good drivers and maintain them? Okay, let's go one further and let's add multiple versions of Linux ?

Nvidia does it why can't ATI ? Somebody give me ONE good reason ?

Nvidia has 2100 employees ,ATI has 3300 employees.
Nvidia has been around since 1993, ATI since 1985
They both have annual revenue of about $2billion

A company with ~1000 more employees,has been around for almost a decade longer seems to have difficulty producing drivers for Linux.It doesn't make sense.

It has nothing to with their company resources or with Linux's deficiencies. It has everything to do with them as a company and how they think internally.

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RE[3]: Binary compatibility
by drahca on Thu 23rd Feb 2006 14:23 in reply to "RE[2]: Binary compatibility"
drahca Member since:
2006-02-23

Good post. ATI has had troubles with their drivers, for Windows as well as Linux, for as long as I can remember. Their DirectX drivers are very good, but for some reason their OpenGL drivers are very buggy!

So ATI seems to focus on good DX support on Windows. While OpenGL support lags on Windows as well as on Linux.

It has nothing to with their company resources or with Linux's deficiencies. It has everything to do with them as a company and how they think internally.

I agree.

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