i'm not kano@vista ;-)
So Zero nvidia, Zero Windows, Zero fglrx only Linux in OSS driver?
Good, that is called reality denial syndrome.
You've advanced your level, congratulations.
Your next level will be like this:
As soon as you touched the first performance nvidia card, like a 9800GT, GTS 250, GTX 260/275/280/285, GTX 460 etc, you will be in a total shock of why you wasted so many years torturing yourself using ATI, and a total convert to nvidia lover you will become.
I also used nvidia and ati graphics cards in the past and it's true that nvidia used to have the best binary-only drivers, but nowadays fglrx is way better than what it used to be. Once it gets proper video acceleration, the only advantage nvidia has in linux will be gone. A little competition is good for the end user.
Fglrx is better but there's still complaints of tearing. Someone is exaggerating the state of things since something just isn't adding up.
One customer might be satisfied with things and you have the option of using the open source driver in some cases. But, if you need features that only the binary driver can provide, you might not be a happy camper if your card cost $300.
You have two recent articles right here at phoronix that cover exactly that "higher-grade ATI card and a lower grade Nvidia card" issue, and it's not true.
Take a look at the numbers in this article that shows the HD4850 performance:
And now this article that shows GTS250M performance (but at a lower resolution):
The GTS performs worse than the HD as is expected, not the other way around as some make it seem. You can also see in this other older article some different nvidia cards, and notice the 9800GT pumping out 55fps vs the 79fps of the HD4850 in nexuiz at max resolution:
The difference in performance is also consistent with what was expected.
BTW, I just noticed there isn't a single article comparing the performance of the proprietary nvidia and ati graphics drivers, or did I not search enough?
Trust me, fglrx has evolved A LOT in these last two years. I know what I'm talking about, since I tried to install it in a debian system years ago and it was impossible!!
OTOH, if you're talking about video playback performance, then yes, the nvidia driver is better, although some fglrx users have reported success in some ocasions. I don't watch that many videos on my computer so I don't really know a lot about this.
and my 2 bugs are known and checked by multiple sources in the beta programm.
you can watch an PTS profil of my system here: http://global.phoronix-test-suite.co...23-27368-18559
Processor: 1 x AMD Engineering Sample 1 x Dual-Core AMD Opteron 8218 @ 2.60GHz (Total Cores: 4)
Motherboard: ASUSTeK KFN5-D SLI
Chipset: nVidia MCP55
Disk: 250GB HDS722525VLSA80 + 2 x 1000GB SAMSUNG HD103UJ
Graphics: ATI RV730XT [Radeon HD 4670]
Audio: Realtek ALC880
OS: Ubuntu 10.10
Kernel: 2.6.35-9-generic (x86_64)
Desktop: KDE 4.4.92
Display Server: X.Org Server 126.96.36.1992 (1.8.2 RC 2)
Display Driver: radeon 6.13.1
Compiler: GCC 4.4.4
Screen Resolution: 1920x1200