Why do you think it needs a configure script?
Originally Posted by AlbertP
The problem is not a lack of 32bit libraries. The precomiled 32bit libraries installed by gentoo are too old. They were last updated in january and it looks like evergreen acceleration came in xf86-video-ati 6.14.0 released at Feb 4.
Originally Posted by droidhacker
I could compile the drivers myself or use the experimental multilib overlay but I don't have the energy to mess with that just to get google earth working.
Wrong or missing 32bit libraries... same thing. So this is looking like its the distro's fault rather than anything inherently bad about the card or the code. Not a lot I can suggest for this besides trying a different distro or dealing with the faulty libraries yourself. Google earth will work out of the box on Radeon/Fedora.
Originally Posted by tholin
I think Nvidia NVS450 is a very good card. It also support many monitor. I think it will solve your problem.
Heh, great to see someone with the same questions as me. My new notebook has a Nvidia GPU, and multimonitor is... Crap crap crap crap. And noveau is too unstable and lacks powermanagement, so not usable at all.
Most Radeon 5450s I have seen supports 3 outputs, although you would have to buy a displayport to vga adaptor, but they are becoming common enough now :-)
Maybe a simple enough request could be to ask the gentoo maintainer of the x86-emul package to provide an updated build, because of your reasons, which is entirely valid, I think?
I just checked, there are 20110722 versions of the emul packages. unmask and test I guess?
Multimonitor is very hard to setup on nvidia cards using the proprietary driver, and you can only use 2 screens at the same time on nvidia.
The GeForce 8400M GS works with the newest proprietary driver which fixes some bugs, and dual-head in TwinView (not tried Xinerama) works fast. Nouveau also works fine within its limits (if you use KDE + Nouveau 3D you may want the latest Git as that fixes an important bug). Even 2nd screen setup and autodetect (which the Linux blob lacks) work fine. My card is built-in in my laptop, but there are desktop cards named 8300, 8400 and 8500 based on the same NV86 chip.