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    Phoronix: 2011 Linux Graphics Survey Results

    In September the 2011 Linux Graphics Survey came to an end, but due to Oktoberfest, AMD Bulldozer Linux testing, OpenBenchmarking.org developments, and other matters, I didn't have time to look at the survey results until this weekend when getting ready for the Ubuntu Developer Summit. Here's the 2011 results looking at what Linux desktop end-users are running when it comes to graphics cards and drivers as well as their key concerns.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=16603

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    Just to make things clear that there's nothing "unfortunate" on still using a Matrox gpu. I use it on a basic storage server built from old parts (and a few new ones) where even the Millenium II G200 8MB in there is more than enough to display the command line interface. I mostly just interface with it remotely anyway... I suspect that the others running equally outdated hardware are on a similar situation and don't use these systems for doing much production work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by devius View Post
    Just to make things clear that there's nothing "unfortunate" on still using a Matrox gpu. I use it on a basic storage server built from old parts (and a few new ones) where even the Millenium II G200 8MB in there is more than enough to display the command line interface. I mostly just interface with it remotely anyway... I suspect that the others running equally outdated hardware are on a similar situation and don't use these systems for doing much production work.
    Agreed, that was a weird comment - unless using servers and high-end workstations is not considered "use".

    We have quite a few Supermicro file and compute servers and they all have the Matrox G200eW. Also, Tyan is using Aspeed graphics chips on their boards, I use it on an S7025.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phoronix View Post
    KMS and Gallium3D not getting much interest isn't too surprising since both technologies are now widespread across the open-source drivers (except for the Intel driver still being on classic Mesa) and aren't directly user-facing.
    They're not interesting because they're a means to an end. Who except a few technology freaks cares how that's achieved?

    There's also a small chunk of people still living off the defunct xf86-video-radeonhd driver for whatever reason, which is surprising since the features now offered by xf86-video-ati certainly surpass this Novell-developed driver.
    Surprising? It has "HD" in its name, it has to be good. Or maybe people don't know which driver they use, and assume because they have a Radeon HD they use the radeonhd driver.

    The use of GPU compute technologies (OpenCL, CUDA, etc) still is not widespread on Linux. In part this is due to the open-source drivers lacking the compute support.
    And in part because they're also a means to an end. Who says "hey, today I'm going to use MMX/SSE/my FPU"? For the mainstream enduser those things only have value once they're transparently integrated and people don't even know they use them.
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    Be nice to see disper mentioned next time

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    Conclusion: nvidia blobs are still the best linux option

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    Quote Originally Posted by deanjo View Post
    Conclusion: nvidia blobs are still the best linux option
    if you want to do serious work on your computer


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    Quote Originally Posted by 89c51 View Post
    if you want to do serious work on your computer

    Very very true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deanjo View Post
    Conclusion: nvidia blobs are still the best linux option
    Conclusion: Nvidia users still have no alternative...

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    Quote Originally Posted by disi View Post
    Conclusion: Nvidia users still have no alternative...
    Conclusion: Gamers are most likely to answer surveys about graphics cards.

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