Too bad, I have to buy a new card and despite the powerful 8800GT I would prefer a HD3870 because of power consumption and *fanfare* AMD's Linux policy.
My X1900XT had a 2D profile for voltage and clock rates within its BIOS which were loaded by default on system startup, so IDLE power consumption under Linux was compareable to Windows. Unfortunately I couldn't find reviews addressing power consumption of RV670 boards under Linux or telling how it works in general on the new cards. Are the new "Power Play" functions driver dependent and if so, will RadeonHD support them soon?
So are we expecting mature 3D support by April, in time for the next round of Major Distribution releases? Or will the maturation of the code probably require more time?
I don't think there will be *mature* support for 3D before the middle of the next year. So maybe in the autumn series of distribution releases there might be usable open 3D support in the open drivers for r500+. I think the first basic support (that is usable 2D acceleration, glxgears does start, and works with acceleration, not only in software mode) might be out in ppril, but I would not bet on it.
Yay, radeonhd 1.0.0 works fine on Mandriva with my X1950 Pro. glxinfo works right, scrolling truly is less sticky than with fglrx, and even glxgears works, though with software rendering, of course. Now could someone instruct me how to use the conntest utility...? I didn't find anything useful with Google.
Just tried the driver. It's good for basic use. Much quicker when switching to a vt and for general screen redraws. Can't wait for the fully functional driver! Hopefully then I can kiss goodbye to fglrx.