What Kind Of People Use X.Org's VESA Driver?
Phoronix: What Kind Of People Use X.Org's VESA Driver?
Yesterday we shared the first numbers from our 2009 Linux Graphics Survey that showed the open-source ATI driver is now more popular than ATI's official Catalyst driver. The full results from this survey that concluded last month will be published tomorrow, but in yesterday's graph that we showed there was also something else interesting: the X.Org VESA driver usage...
Maybe the VESA driver is preferable to fglrx?
IIRC, fglrx is targeted at distros which run older X servers. I know from personal experience that running fglrx against a modern X server (such as the one found in Fedora 10) is an agonising exercise in frustration and pain. And AFAIK, fglrx isn't compatible with Fedora 12's X server at all!
So if fglrx isn't an option, and the dedicated Open Source drivers don't support your hardware yet, then which driver is left to use?
But then again, the latest graphics card I'm buying is a HD4890 rather than a HD5xxxx precisely because I wouldn't want to end up running the VESA driver either...