Before leaving behind support for those cards, can you please update what Xorg.conf options are fully/partially/not supported by the binary driver? It's kind of a dark science to write a decent xorg.conf for an Ati Radeon card.
But it's the sudden loss of OpenGL support for R500 chips from fglrx that really annoys me. Mesa's 3D support simply isn't good enough to play World of Warcraft any more, ever since the release of "Wrath of the Lich King". Nor is the Gallium code going to be ready to replace it by the end of April. So a rather expensive and not particularly old laptop will probably now be gathering dust until it is...
Have you ever played with any of the XRender based compositors ? I'm thinking that might be the best approach for tear-free on older hardware.
Even if we kept fglrx alive for 3xx-5xx in the legacy branch we would still be looking at quarterly-ish updates, so it would be more like June-ish until you could upgrade anyways, and by that time a lot of the in-flight open source work should be starting to show up in a useable form. I understand being upset that you can't upgrade to a new distro as quickly as you might like but I'm still having trouble understanding the "gathering dust" part...
Last edited by bridgman; 03-08-2009 at 07:46 PM.
i'd say this choice makes sense, especially if AMD as result devotes just a tad more resources towards the free drivers.
Buy a new cheap cart like the HD-4350 only 20€!
R500 has only OpenGL2.1 and NO nvidia exstansions.. WINE only supports DX8 on OpenGL2 carts!
for DX9 and higher you need openGL3!
not realy for the newer GSGL language 1,4 but for the other new exstansions!
so what? ou can install any other distro. You might not be able to update it, but you don't really loose anything. Everything that works NOW will continue to work. You NEED a new version of some software - well, confiugure&&make&&make install works great - if you don't forget to install the abomination called '-dev packets'.
I can believe that for the X server, but that sounds like nonsense for the kernel. There's a small matter of bug and security fixes which are released at random intervals. (And which my distro does fix.) So basically either my laptop gets stuck with the last kernel that is still compatible with fglrx, along with all that kernel's known bugs, or I upgrade and lose OpenGL support.None of the supported distros do package updates of kernel or X server so AFAIK the system should just keep running unless you decide that you absolutely have to upgrade the OS to a new distro release.
it does compile against 2.6.28. And nobody forces you to update to 2.6.29.