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    Default X Server 1.6.0 Has Been Released

    Phoronix: X Server 1.6.0 Has Been Released

    It's arriving about two months later than originally scheduled (and didn't arrive in 2008 like Intel wanted), but X Server 1.6 has been officially released this afternoon and it wasn't 212 days late like the infamous X Server 1.4.1 release.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=13539

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    Woohoo! Hopefully support in fglrx will come in Catalyst 9.3, so we don't have another repeat of Ubuntu 8.10 and their h4x3d version of Catalyst 8.10

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    just imagine!
    compiz + random 3D application at the same time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pfanne View Post
    just imagine!
    compiz + random 3D application at the same time!
    + videoplayback! ... don't be ridiculous ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by falloutboy View Post
    + videoplayback! ... don't be ridiculous ...
    Well, you can use gl output now (thanks to dri2)

    This was earlier than I expected

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    "The proprietary NVIDIA driver is compatible with X Server 1.6, while the proprietary Catalyst driver from AMD doesn't yet offer any support for this updated X Server."

    I mean, why is NVIDIA always, always, always, always: ahead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bulletxt View Post
    "The proprietary NVIDIA driver is compatible with X Server 1.6, while the proprietary Catalyst driver from AMD doesn't yet offer any support for this updated X Server."

    I mean, why is NVIDIA always, always, always, always: ahead.
    because they actually dont use most of the X Server infrastructure, but use their own instead. So to them it is not that a difference whether to replace xserver1.5 or xserver1.6 files.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madman2k View Post
    because they actually dont use most of the X Server infrastructure, but use their own instead. So to them it is not that a difference whether to replace xserver1.5 or xserver1.6 files.
    Basicly you just said NVIDIA is ahead. Also there is no good reason why AMD hasn't done what NVIDIA did. Conclusion: NVIDIA is ahead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bulletxt View Post
    Basicly you just said NVIDIA is ahead. Also there is no good reason why AMD hasn't done what NVIDIA did. Conclusion: NVIDIA is ahead.
    If you wanted a system where the kernel is open source, the middle is a big blob and you can run open source applications on top, we already have it. It's called a Mac, and they're much better at it than nVidia is.

    Of course AMD can do as nVidia did and make the whole X server into some half-proprietary hybrid but it'd be costly, not open source friendly and most of all way outside what a hardware company should normally do to deliver a driver. If they just wanted to throw a pile of money at it to take the Linux market they could, but then they'd probably also have to go closed source to get an ROI on that investment.

    I use nVidias blob but I don't like depending on a blob, and I sure don't want the blobs to grow taking over for more open source functionality. I'd much rather they helped make xserver better so that I don't have to run the blob. Yes, please improve the parts nVidia is overriding but please also keep it open source. I think there's a lot you could help the open source community with without giving away any of the secret sauce...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kjella View Post
    If you wanted a system where the kernel is open source, the middle is a big blob and you can run open source applications on top, we already have it. It's called a Mac, and they're much better at it than nVidia is.

    Of course AMD can do as nVidia did and make the whole X server into some half-proprietary hybrid but it'd be costly, not open source friendly and most of all way outside what a hardware company should normally do to deliver a driver. If they just wanted to throw a pile of money at it to take the Linux market they could, but then they'd probably also have to go closed source to get an ROI on that investment.

    I use nVidias blob but I don't like depending on a blob, and I sure don't want the blobs to grow taking over for more open source functionality. I'd much rather they helped make xserver better so that I don't have to run the blob. Yes, please improve the parts nVidia is overriding but please also keep it open source. I think there's a lot you could help the open source community with without giving away any of the secret sauce...

    mmm...ok yea. However my ATI 2600XT won't work 100% as it should before who knows when. I think 2010 and even in that year I'm sure it will still have limitations... So you talk about open here and open there. I talk about a customer that works and goes to the mall or wherever, gets 150$ from his pocket and buys an AMD card. Goes home, puts it in and realized he's done a mistake, crappy FGLRX, open source driver that is totally incomplete. Now go tell him about open things.

    I am still sure NVIDIA will continue to be number 1 for the Linux operating system for next years. Every 1 step AMD does, NVIDIA does 10. And the open source driver will never be feature-rich or optimized as the NVIDIA blob.

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