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    Quote Originally Posted by phoronix View Post
    Phoronix: S3 Graphics Is Working On New Linux Driver

    Yesterday we shared that S3 Graphics launched their Chrome 500 Series graphics cards, with the initial model being a sub-$50 USD OpenGL 3.0 capable solution. It's no power workhorse, but in the press release they shared: "Today's users will now be able to enjoy the latest Blu-ray playback, streaming HD video, DirectX 10.1, and OpenGL 3.0 applications on Microsoft Windows and Linux platforms." As we shared in the article yesterday, the last Linux driver from S3 Graphics was released last year and it's riddled with limitations...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=Njg3Mg
    Driver appeared for Chrome 400:
    http://s3graphics.com/en/resources/d...400/#Linux_x86

    New driver release for Chrome 20:
    http://s3graphics.com/en/resources/d...CIe/#Linux_x86

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    Quote Originally Posted by zbiggy View Post
    - Only up to opengl 1.5 support

    - No 64-bit support

    - Only mpeg2 video acceleration

    - Compiz doesn't work

    Some of the known issues are:

    - Graphics corruption with Unreal Tournament 2004

    - Xserver fails to start on OpenSuse 11.0

    On top of all this, only old OS's are supported, latest supported version of ubuntu is 7.10!

    But it's a start, let's hope for the S3 users the driver keeps improving.

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    Err you looked chrome 20 drivers, for chrome 400 series are supported up to ubuntu 8.04, no X86_64 still though.
    http://drivers.s3graphics.com/en/dow...N_Linux_EN.txt
    But this not looking any good:
    Video: Video playback is not supported in this release
    But it a good start and it cannot be any worse than fglrx, or can it

    Has anyone got these cards, I hope to see some kind of test with it in phoronix, maybe againts nvidia 8400gs, HD2400 and newest integrated intel. I Don't know where to get these card here in Europe anyway...

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    >> the last Linux driver from S3 Graphics was released last year

    >> Driver appeared for Chrome 400

    Which of the several drivers are we talking about?

    - proprietary binary
    - Unichrome
    - Openchrome
    - "new Via FLOSS driver"

    > Only mpeg2 video acceleration

    Openchrome is FLOSS and claims Xv and XvMC support.
    ATI and Nvidia have no FLOSS video decoding support at all.

    How well does Openchrome actually work? Which PCIe cards
    are recommended for Openchrome/Xv/XvMC/mpeg2 applications?
    Does tv-out work? Any gotches? (no gaming required)

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    Has anyone tried these drivers yet(do anyone even have these cards)?
    Openchrome is FLOSS and claims Xv and XvMC support.
    ATI and Nvidia have no FLOSS video decoding support at all.

    How well does Openchrome actually work? Which PCIe cards
    are recommended for Openchrome/Xv/XvMC/mpeg2 applications?
    Does tv-out work? Any gotches? (no gaming required)
    Well openchrome is for VIA:s igp:s not S3 PCIe cards, so these new proprietary beta drivers are supposed to give 3D/2D support for S3 cards. Later on these drivers should give video acceleration(not only mpeg2 but HD video acceleration also(something equal for nvidia:s vdpau)) and full opengl3 support for S3 chrome 400 and 500 series.

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    If they don't provide open source drivers, they will not have *any* success on the linux platform. Providing good working closed source drivers is hard work (see fglrx) and if you want something that 'just works' you buy nvidia. They had the chance to make a great start only with free drivers, but they did not look at open source at all. It's a pity. I think even the closed source driver are not needed, because not one single linux user will try these graphics cards.

    Look at the oss side, S3!

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    tuke81> Well openchrome is for VIA:s igp:s not S3 PCIe cards,

    IGP? I assume you mean AGP? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agp
    So the openchrome driver doesn't support any PCI or PCIe cards?
    I don't have any AGP slots, just PCI and PCIe.

    tuke81> not only mpeg2 but HD video acceleration also

    My HD (720p, 1080i) video is mpeg2. I need HD mpeg2 accel.
    Accel of other codecs like mpeg4, H.264, etc. would be nice but
    I can live without it for now.

    bugmenot> If they don't provide open source drivers, they will not
    bugmenot> have *any* success on the linux platform.

    Not to mention the *BSDs, Plan-9, Opensolaris, etc. And non-x86
    platforms regardless of OS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dieter View Post
    IGP? I assume you mean AGP? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agp
    So the openchrome driver doesn't support any PCI or PCIe cards?
    I don't have any AGP slots, just PCI and PCIe.
    IGP is Intergrated Graphics Processor (or some such, it's intergrated graphics anyway)

    Which comms protocol and bus it uses is up to the chipset. It can be any of PCIe, AGP, or PCI.

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    > IGP is Intergrated Graphics Processor (or some such, it's intergrated graphics anyway)

    Ah, Integrated Graphics Processor, aka onboard. Problem with that is
    I'd have to buy an entire new computer. :-(

    So no one puts these chips on expansion cards?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dieter View Post
    So no one puts these chips on expansion cards?
    Typically, no. They're also pretty much all crippled in some way to lower transistor counts, etc.

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