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Thread: What Do You Want In Linux Drivers This Year?

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    Default What Do You Want In Linux Drivers This Year?

    Phoronix: What Do You Want In Linux Drivers This Year?

    NVIDIA has already released quite a few Linux drivers this year already that improve their VDPAU support and stabilize their OpenGL 3.0 implementation. Yesterday AMD had then released its first proprietary Linux driver of 2009 that brought OpenGL 3.0 support...

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    Aug 2008


    What I'd like to see is support for switchable graphics, so I can switch the graphics card without having to enter the BIOS to do a manual switch

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    Dec 2007


    Tell us in the Phoronix Forums what you hope to see from the proprietary and open-source X.Org display drivers in 2009.
    Opendrivers :

    -Non flickering 3d on rs690 (radeon X1200) so I can finally use EXA + Composite 3d effects on my kde4 desktop. Top priority.

    -Working GLEST... I'd love to play this game from time to time. Sadly menus do not work on ATI IGP cards right now.

    - DRI2 , GEM TTM or whatever that makes 3d apps work like they should while using compiz/kwin4

    Closed drivers :

    - Opening up ?

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    Nov 2008

    Lightbulb Back to basics !

    Quote Originally Posted by phoronix View Post
    Phoronix: What Do You Want In Linux Drivers This Year?
    Simply basic functionality and stability in current desktop and HTPC applications.

    Fglrx seems constantly broken with current desktop and kernel releases. Also VDR-SXFE has been broken as far as I know. All marketing features are less useful when the system hangs or output (like video) is unrecognizable.

    Radeon has been nicely improving lately - And has always been rock solid. This is indeed a fine solution where applicable.

    The problem is that the later generation AMD/ATI HW is still not adequately supported - especially in Radeon. And with RadeonHD it's still work-in-progress - and shaky at the best. (I got RS780 .. unfortunately )

    Nvidia seems to have it's own share of problems - And open source support is very unofficial at best. (Even with the unbelievable efforts of Noveau team !)

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    I just want wine to work properly with fglrx :'(

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    i cant tell you how exited i am to have a fully working gallium3d driver for ati cards

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    Jun 2008


    Open Intel drivers: faster 3D performance.

    Open AMD drivers: 3D support for R700 (and R800 if the documentation is released in time), OpenCL support, DRI2, KMS.

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    Apr 2008


    For the nvidia-driver:
    Full Xrandr 1.2-support.
    Some things in kde4 are still slow(scrolling maps in konqueror)

    For fglrx:
    STABILITY!!!!! I don't really care about features as long as that driver keeps annoying me(especially with vt-switching-stuff).
    Decently working power-management on my hd2400.
    Full, stable, Xrandr 1.2-support.
    Hardware video-decoding, supported by xine.
    transparent/working with compositing-wm opengl and xvideo-windows.

    For the opensource-drivers:

    That's my wishlist. I don't really care about kernel-mode-setting, I can live without it, though it could fix vt-switching-bugs...

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    Jun 2006


    Support for kernel mode setting (KMS) and xrandr 1.2/1.3 in as many drivers as possible would be very very appreciated.

    Also, I hope to see a nouveau release this year, their work has been great but it would be nice to have a stable, supported release.

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    Dec 2007


    Finally a solution about the "two drivers for the same hardware" problem... Are they going to add r600/r700 support to radeon, too, now, or have they finally become sane again? (no offense against radeon devs, if the support had been first in radeon I'd say that to radeonhd devs, too; it's just that these double efforts don't seem good to me)

    More progress, perhaps even docs by NVIDIA (I don't expect them though...)
    Hopefully we'll get a working 3D driver this year.

    OSS drivers in general: adoption of Gallium3D and further stabilization of the new graphics stack.

    nv: I don't really care about that one as I'm an ATI user

    KMS support (anyone having a clue wether fglrx will implement that one?)
    DRI2 support
    a more stable driver: can't create a second instance of X, yet; Compiz "blur windows" effect has not been working for several releases now; S2RAM never really worked when running Compiz at the same time IIRC;

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