I've been reading these fora long enough to know you'd still get 3 pages of whining if the AMD logo in the release notes was of a slightly different green colour. Nice attempt, but futile I'm afraid.
BTW if you don't mind, could you provide some concrete examples on how the OpenGL implementation in fglrx is closer to specs than nvidia's? I've seen those claims a few times, though no real factual data on that. I think it'd help make a good case.
Obviously the AMD approach is only suitable for developer, no customer will be happy about that.
Buying an AMD CPU would also mean AMD IGP, and thats something I am not very enthusiastic about.
Sure, but to be honest I don't care whats the reason for their excellent driver, as long as its stable and fast. The 2D performance offered by the intel driver is outstanding.Quote:
Also, Intel's open-source driver is first-class because it's their only driver.
I am not a gamer, so the Intel's OpenGL support/performance is good enough for me (heck, I can play steam games on my SNB notebook).
They should call it the Ubuntu/Red Hat/whatever driver then, calling it Linux driver is another lie from AMD.
It is as simple as I stated in many other posts about AMD: They don't support me and the distro I use, why should I support them? Money goes to Intel/Nvidia next time.
Other things you could actually do: maintain a patched FGLRX for your distro, switch distro, have a look at the FOSS drivers, get other AMD owners who use your distro to ask AMD for official support... See? Obviously that requires more effort than bashing that company on a forum, but hey...
Just thought I'd throw in my 2c. You guys have already covered a lot, so I thought I'd throw out some observations.
Here's why we're whining.
Using a radeon card in linux is like a bad relationship. We're told of fixes to obvious bugs (poor 2d performance, bad power management, late modern kernel support), and those fixes arrive late or not at all. Don't listen to what people say, look at AMD's actions. They're doing a poor job for anyone interested in high performance graphics in linux, so move on, right? That's not easy for everyone, we don't all have the budget to buy a new graphics card, or worse, a new laptop to replace our current predicament.
So we whine, because we're in an involuntary relationship with AMD. We have their card and have no practical option to not use it, and AMD doesn't fix bugs that have been resolved for years in their open source drivers, and in nvidia's binary blob.
I'll be honest and say I haven't watched the fglrx situation since I got a laptop with an nvidia chip. That's ok though, I walked away from this waste of time. It seems to me, that unlike nvidia, all the discussions in the world don't change fglrx. The only thing I've seen move AMD is ubuntu, and even then, they have to throw out beta drivers to support the newest kernels and X servers. If things don't change, watching them support the upcoming ubuntu rolling release repository is going to be like watching a baby drown in a 3ft pool.
I have no problems with my distro, it works fine for me. What does not work fine, because of AMD's shitty driver policy, is the AMD hardware in my machines, so it simply is more logical to switch them out, not the distro.Quote:
I am currently using the FOSS driver on my main machine, which means I have to switch to Windows to play a game with decent quality settings. Maybe that is what AMD wants, so that they have to support one OS less? On my other machine using the Foss driver is not an option, it overheats the machine, but since I don't use this machine for beta testing I have the stable version of my distro installed, with an AMD supported kernel (means kernel older than 9 months).Quote:
have a look at the FOSS drivers
Yeah, of course, AMD limits all they can to save money, but you think they would be officially supporting Slackware. Go back to reality, they are officially supporting Ubuntu, but only as long as you aren't a beta tester, then it is the "Oh, poor boy, you will have to patch the drivers yourself, we are to lazy for that, but maybe you can tell us how it works, so that we can think about implementing it in 2-3 driver versions from now".Quote:
get other AMD owners who use your distro to ask AMD for official support
Thanks, but no thanks.
Most of the things have been covered but here are my two cents and on why i moved to nVidia last weeks.
To get things out in the open, i was running about all my computers AMD all over. Was running AMD on 5970 and then 6970 and also 6370 (laptop).
I'm using 3 monitors so as all of the people in this world we were suffering from the mouse corruption issue that has been on Windows for couple of months but got fixed in 4 driver versions or so. Then the issue came up in Linux and it got never fixed. My bugreport is now about 2 years old almost and my discussions from AMD Tech support had not got me longer other than "we will look into this".
Stability is none on the AMD drivers, In all my Computers using FGLRX i get almost every day a Xorg crash on different hardware and on different distros. My Laptop crashes 40% of the time trying to launch eve online with an Xorg infinte loop or asic hang from fglrx. Same thing on my other computer using 5970 or 6970.
Introduced in Catalyst 12.8 texture issues where almost nothing got rendered in games. That got fixed in 13.2 i think but i never cared since i moved from AMD at this point.
All in all I never had a proper shutdown with Catalyst on my computer. It always ended with a Xorg crash. Now I have moved to nVidia Zotac 670 AMP and nVidia 620M (Optimus) and not _once_ have Xorg crashed. Also it supports latest kernels and Xorg my Arch Linux so i don't have to create special archived repos for it to stop Xorg from upgrading because AMD is lazy. I'm not saying that nVidia is a walk in the park but at least you get help from their developers (plagman & aplattner) on their forums or @ freenode on #nvidia if you run into issues.
I'm not telling everyone is having this but this is my experience with AMD and nVidia. Also as a note have anyone seen any representatives from AMD on the Steam Github on their driver issues because i cannot find one.... (but maybe i'm not looking enough)
I will maybe move back to AMD at some point but looking how AMD handles Linux at this point that will never happen. Opensource? Awesome, but when the blob can barely stand on its crippled legs and the opensource driver support is so sub par in 3D rendering and features, no thank you i had used enough of my free time to track down issues to the fglrx blob.