Communism isn't dangerous. Unless you're American.Sad thing is, most people don't know what communism is anymore, or why it's so dangerous.
I'll believe this when we see a credible source.
That is, unless we are to believe AMD did a .5Bn deal and aren't going to make a press release about it?
I personally don't use it because the radeon open source drivers are perfectly fine for use on my Kubuntu (KDE4) desktop. All the composited desktop bling one could possibly well. Poeple who troll these Phoronix forums are quite keen to try to insist that fglrx has better performance (as good as Windows they say), however, and that the radeon open source drivers have still a way to go yet.
Considering that fglrx is purported to have equivalent performance to the Windows driver, "mediocre linux drivers" fits perfectly for description of the radeon open source drivers, which achieve perhaps only about 75% of that performance.
"The benchmarks are in for the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition. Starting at $500, AMD's new single-GPU flagship boosts the original 7970's clock speed from 925 MHz to 1 GHz (1050 MHz with Boost). The GHz Edition also sports 3 GB of faster 1500 MHz GDDR5 memory, pushing 288 GB/s as opposed to 264 GB/s. ... With the new Catalyst, Nvidia's GeForce GTX 670 can no longer beat the original Radeon HD 7970, and the GHz Edition outmaneuvers the GeForce GTX 680 in most cases."
So hell no. Not by a squillion miles, especially if you happen to be a maker of MIPS64-based processor (loonsong), so that your only viable OS is Linux, and nVidia only have an x86/x86_64 binary blob to offer you.
If you do happen to be a maker of MIPS64-based processor, or an OEM with an ARM processor/SoC other than Tegra, the nVidia driver for Linux offering has precisely zero features or stability.
Last edited by hal2k1; 06-23-2012 at 04:30 AM.
On some days life is just good.
I love the reason why they didn't buy the nvs: because they don't provide free driver development. It seems the Chinese do know certain things well. I wish we had such decisions elsewhere in the world.
I hope the profit from the money will be spent onto AMD's free driver development! You listen, AMD folks, don't you?